Japan B. League

Dwight Ramos struggles anew as Toyama bows to Chiba

Martin Mendoza
Dwight Ramos struggles anew as Toyama bows to Chiba

YEARENDER. Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses close out the year with a 41-point loss.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Dwight Ramos’ shooting woes continue as the Toyama Grouses end the year on a losing note

MANILA, Philippines – Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses wrapped up the year on a low note as they fell to the Chiba Jets, 105-64, in the Japan B. League on Wednesday, December 29 at the Funabashi Arena.

Ramos, who missed a game-tying triple in the dying seconds of their previous outing, continued to struggle from the field as he finished with just 2 points on 2-of-2 shooting from the free throw line, to go with 1 rebound in 14 minutes as a starter.

Coming off a painful 95-90 loss to the Gunma Crane Thunders on Sunday, December 26, the Grouses failed to redeem themselves and quickly trailed by 13 points, 14-27, at the end of the first period.

Still trailing by double-digits, 28-47, at halftime, Toyama never recovered in the second half as Chiba managed to stretch its 19-point lead to 34 huge markers late in the third frame, 80-46, which proved too much for the ice-cold Grouses to conquer in the fourth quarter. 

Josh Duncan led the way for the defending champion Jets with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while former league MVP Yuki Togashi added 19 points and 8 assists in the 41-point victory.

Former TNT import Joshua Smith had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Julian Mavunga contributed 11 markers for the Grouses, who dropped their second straight game and moved down to 8-16 in the standings.

Ramos and the Grouses will look to bounce back and start 2022 on a winning note as they go up against the Hiroshima Dragonflies on Saturday, January 1, at 12:35 pm, Manila time.

Meanwhile, in Division 2, Kemark Cariño and the Aomori Wat’s suffered an 80-56 loss to the Yamagata Wyverns at the Nanyo Citizen Gymnasium.

The 6-foot-9 Cariño once again saw limited action in the losing effort and tallied just 1 block in 1 minute and 25 seconds of play for the Wat’s, who suffered their eighth straight loss and remained at the bottom of the standings with a dismal 2-24 record.

Cariño and the Wat’s will gun for their third win when they take on the Rising Zephyr Fukuoka on Sunday, January 2, at 1 pm, Manila time. – Rappler.com 

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