Japan B. League

Dwight Ramos, Toyama escape Thirdy Ravena’s explosion for 3rd straight win

Martin Mendoza
Dwight Ramos, Toyama escape Thirdy Ravena’s explosion for 3rd straight win

HOT. Dwight Ramos drops a double-double in Toyama's thrilling win over San-En.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses complete a weekend sweep of the San-En NeoPhoenix despite a sensational 26-point performance by Thirdy Ravena

Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses extended their winning streak to three games after a thrilling 90-89 victory over Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League on Sunday, November 14 at the Toyama City Gymnasium.

Toyama escaped a sensational 26-point performance by Ravena, who came up short at the end and missed a potential game-tying free throw for San-En with no more time left on the clock.

The NeoPhoenix star Ravena finished on a very efficient 11-of-14 shooting, to go with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in the losing effort.

Ramos also came up big for the Grouses as he put up a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, to go with 3 assists in the win. 

With the Grouses leading by just a point, 86-85, Ramos converted on a crucial layup to put their lead back up to three, 88-85, with 52 seconds remaining.

The red-hot Ravena then calmly sank a pull-up three-pointer for the NeoPhoenix with just 2.2 seconds left to tie the game at 88-all.

Keijuro Matsui quickly responded with the eventual game-winning jumper to give the lead back to Toyama, 90-88, before Ravena was sent to the free-throw line at the buzzer.

Unfortunately for Ravena, the second of his two free throws rattled out as the NeoPhoenix now dropped to 3-11 in the standings after losing their sixth game in a row.

Former TNT import Joshua Smith led the way for the Grouses with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Julian Mavunga also came up with his own double-double of 12 points and 11 assists as they improved their record to 4-10.

Robert Carter backstopped Ravena’s monster game with 20 points, while Yoshiyuki Matsuwaki and Justin Knox chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The Grouses and the NeoPhoenix will get a much-needed three-week break before they hit the courts once again on Saturday, December 4 against the Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Seahorses Mikawa, respectively.

The Scores

Toyama 90 – Smith 19, Ramos 16, Mavunga 12, Matsui 11, Uto 11, Hareyama 8, Johnson 7, Mito 6, Kamisawa 0, Ono 0, Abe 0.

San-En 89 – Ravena 26, Carter 20, Matsuwaki 14, Knox 12, Tsuyama 7, Tsuya 5, Yamauchi 3, Tawatari 2, Ota 0.

Quarters: 19-18, 40-38, 65-66, 90-89.

– Rappler.com