Kobe Paras proved he belongs in Japan B. League after having a superb first two games with Niigata in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The 6-foot-4 high-flyer posted an average of 17.5 points in his first two matches. Despite his outstanding performance, Paras feels he has a lot more to improve on, hence the desire to play harder.
“I want to play a little harder. It’s just my first two games and it would be better for me to learn the key points and our plays here,” said the two-time FIBA 3×3 U-18 World Cup Slam dunk champion.
The 24-year-old Filipino import exploded for 25 points spiked by 4 three-pointers in his professional debut but Albirex suffered an 85-81 defeat to Kyoto on Saturday.
The former UP Fighting Maroon struggled the next day, scoring only 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field. But the son of PBA legend Benjie Paras made sure those baskets count, converting two huge jumpers in the final three minutes as the Tadaharu Ogawa-mentored squad pulled off a close 76-75 win over the Hannaryz for their first victory of the season.
“I want to learn a lot more from here,” he said. “I want to be able to play as a part of the team and show that I can be a team player. I always want to do whatever I can for the team by playing hard.”
Paras and Albirex take a week off before heading to Hamamatsu Arena for a face-to-face encounter with Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix this weekend.