Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses fell to the Ryukyu Golden Kings once again, 69-80, in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Okinawa Arena on Sunday (5 December).
The Filipino stalwart, who had a dismal 4-of-13 shooting from the field, finished with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists as the Grouses lost back-to-back matches over the weekend to end up with a win-loss record of 4-12.
The Golden Kings pounced on the lethargic start of Toyama, banking on the collective efforts of Dwayne Evans, Jack Cooley, Ryuichi Kishimoto, Keita Imamura and Allen Durham to create separation en route to an improved 13-3 win-loss slate.
Evans flexed his might as he took charge for the winning side with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Cooley complimented him with 13 points, eight boards and two steals, while Kishimoto and Imamura provided ample support with 10 points apiece.
Durham, who churned out a double-double line of 20 points and 13 rebounds in the 91-66 win over the Grouses on Saturday, produced less this time around, but still delivered the goods to the tune of eight points, six rebounds, and two assists.
For Toyama's end, Julian Mavunga topped with 19 points, seven assists and three rebounds, while Brice Johnson put up an 18-point, 15-board double-double line that went for naught.
Ramos and the Grouses will attempt to put a halt to their slide when they face the struggling, Kiefer Ravena-led Shiga Lakestars next weekend.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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