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Nobody realistically expected the Bambitious Nara to win 35 or 40 games in their inaugural season. After all, an expansion team must endure a lot of growing pains as a first-year franchise during a challenging 52-game schedule.

And so it was not a stunning development that coach Koto Toyama’s squad dropped its first six games and stumbled out of the gates with a 1-9 record.

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