Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins spoiled the much-anticipated debut of Dwight Ramos after they whipped the Toyama Grouses with a 26-point beatdown, 94-68, in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Toyama City Gymnasium on Saturday (16 October).
Parks, who could not find his form in his past several games, played with renewed vigor as he nailed a season-best 15 points on three triples for Nagoya, which improved to a 2-3 win-loss record while keeping the Grouses winless in five matches.
Ramos, on the other hand, struggled to establish his footing on offense in his first game in the vaunted Japanese league. He debuted with six points on 3-of-14 shooting, seven rebounds and three assists in the deflating loss.
The Diamond Dolphins broke the floodgates of scoring in the second period, where a slim 22-16 lead turned into a commanding 52-31 advantage, before going on cruise control the rest of the way.
Scott Eatherton spearheaded the onslaught with a near double-double performance of 20 points and eight rebounds, while Takumi Saito made his presence felt with 18 points, five assists, three boards and three steals for Nagoya.
Brice Johnson was the lone double-digit scorer for Toyama as he produced a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double that went down the drain.
Nagoya and Toyama will clash once more on Sunday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.