Japan B. League

Dwight Ramos stars as Toyama outlasts Osaka for 1st season win

Martin Mendoza
Dwight Ramos stars as Toyama outlasts Osaka for 1st season win

BREAKTHROUGH. Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses arrest an eight-game skid.


Dwight Ramos drops a team-high 20 points as the Toyama Grouses finally barge into the Japan. B League win column

Dwight Ramos came up big for the Toyama Grouses as they took down the Osaka Evessa for their first win of the season, 82-67, in the Japan B. League on Wednesday, October 27 at the Toyama City Gymnasium.

Ramos exploded for a team-high 20 points on a very efficient 8-of-14 shooting, to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists as the Grouses improved to 1-8 – tied with the Javi Gomez de Liaño-less Ibaraki Robots at the bottom of the standings.

Coming off a heartbreaking 83-80 loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings on Saturday, Ramos and the Grouses came out with guns blazing as they built a 12-point advantage at the end of the opening period, 27-15.

The Grouses, however, failed to sustain their momentum in the second frame as they were outscored by the Golden Kings, 24-14, to cut the double-digit advantage to just 2, 41-39 at halftime.

Luckily for the Grouses, with the score knotted at 65-all with only 6:52 remaining in the game, their offense suddenly came alive once again as they finished the game on a fiery 17-2 run to pull away from the Evessa for good and finally capture their first victory of the 2021-2022 season.  

Julian Mavunga backstopped Ramos with an all-around game of 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, while former TNT import Joshua Smith added 15 markers and 9 boards for the Grouses in their 15-point win.

Perry Ellis topscored for the Evessa with 13 points, while DJ Newbill, Kyle Hunt, and Rei Goda finished with 12 points apiece in the losing effort.

The Scores

Toyama 82 – Ramos 20, Mavunga 16, Smith 15, Johnson 9, Kamisawa 8, Mito 7, Matsui 4, Hareyama 3, Abe 0, Uto 0.

Osaka 67 – Ellis 13, Goda 12, Hunt 12, Newbill 12, Brown 10, Kinoshita 5, Donley 3, Moore 0, Nakamura 0, Takeuchi 0.

Quarters: 27-15, 41-39, 61-59, 82-67.

– Rappler.com