Japan B. League

Dwight Ramos, Ray Parks fall short in B. League return from Emperor’s Cup

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Dwight Ramos, Ray Parks fall short in B. League return from Emperor’s Cup

CELLAR. Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses remain at the bottom of the standings.


Toyama fails to carry its winning form back to the Japan B. League even with Dwight Ramos tallying a notable stat line

After a successful run so far in the Japan Emperor’s Cup, Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses again found themselves on the losers’ side as B. League powerhouse Kawasaki Brave Thunders eked out a 91-87 win at home on Saturday, November 6.

With the win, the Thunders rose up to 7-3 for the season, while the Grouses, all the way on the other end of the standings race, fell to a 1-9 slate.

Former PBA import and nine-year B. League veteran Nick Fazekas continued to flex his on-court savvy with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting and 7-of-7 from the line, including 11 of his team’s last 15 points.

The Gilas Pilipinas ace prospect Ramos, meanwhile, had himself a nice line of 13 markers on a 5-of-10 clip, a team-high 7 assists, and 4 boards in 26 minutes in the loss.

Toyama import Julian Mavunga led the team with 22 points, 7 boards, and 5 dimes on 7-of-15 shooting and 4-of-9 from three, the last one being a desperation downtown shot to inch within two, 87-89, before two Yuma Fujii free throws sealed the deal for Kawasaki.

Fujii backstopped Fazekas in the win with 23 markers on a stellar 8-of-10 clip and 4-of-6 from three, and a game-high 8 assists, nullifying Keijuro Matsui’s 21-marker eruption for Toyama.

Ramos and the Grouses now aim for revenge in their 3:05 pm rematch on Sunday, November 7.

Parks, Nagoya bow to Gunma

Earlier in the day, Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins likewise fell short, as the Gunma Crane Thunders home team came away victorious in a 101-92 shootout.

The Thunders earned their way to a 4-6 record in the standings while the Dolphins sank to a middling 5-5 slate for the young season.

Top Gunma import Trey Jones continued his strong play with game-highs of 28 points and 3 steals to go with 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Japanese national team player Aki Chambers added 17 markers on 6-of-9 shooting.

Five Nagoya players breached double-digit scoring in the loss, topped by import Scott Eatherton’s 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and Coty Clarke’s 19 markers on a 7-of-13 clip.

Parks, however, was not one of those five as he only managed 8 points and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.

He will have another shot to have a bigger role in the Sunday rematch at 2:05 pm. – Rappler.com