MANILA, Philippines – Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses stretched their winning streak to three games after crushing Matthew Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors, 92-75, in the Japan B. League on Wednesday, December 15 at the Toyama City Gymnasium.
Ramos continued to fill up the stat sheet for the Grouses as he finished with another all-around performance of 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks in the victory.
Aquino, on the other hand, also came up big for the Brave Warriors in the losing effort, tallying 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and a plus-minus of +2 in 21 minutes of action as a starter.
Coming off a thrilling 95-90 win over the Shiga Lakestars on Sunday, the Grouses wasted little time in flashing their dominance over the Brave Warriors as they quickly built a 12-point lead, 22-10, off a Ramos free throw with 2:11 left to play in the opening period.
Shinshu managed to stay within striking distance, trailing by just 5 points at halftime, 37-42, but Toyama uncorked a massive 27-16 run in the third quarter to push its lead to 16, 69-53, which put the Brave Warriors away for good despite having a full quarter left to play.
Julian Mavunga recorded a triple-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Brice Johnson also put up 21 markers and 11 boards for the Grouses, who improved to 7-12 in the standings.
Anthony McHenry had 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Yusuke Inoue added 11 points for the Brave Warriors, who absorbed their fifth straight loss and dropped to 9-10 in the standings.
Ramos and the Grouses will gun for their fourth straight win when they clash with Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins on Saturday, December 18 at 2:05 pm, Manila time.
Aquino and the Brave Warriors, meanwhile, will look to return to the win column when they tangle with the Shimane Susanoo Magic on Saturday at 12 pm, Manila time.
Toyama 92 – Johnson 21, Mavunga 21, Kamisawa 9, Ramos 8, Uto 8, Mito 8, Smith 7, Matsui 4, Ono 3, Abe 3, Ametani 0, Hareyama 0.
Shinshu 75 – McHenry 23, Inoue 11, Aquino 10, Nishiyama 9, Maeda 8, Yang 7, Okada 4, Osaki 3, Mitsui 0.
Quarters: 22-16, 42-37, 69-53, 92-75.