Ramos, Toyama suffer streak-ending rout at the hands of Ryukyu

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Dwight Ramos delivers a game-high 20 points in Toyama's win over Osaka in the Japan B. League. (Photo: B. League/Instagram)
Dwight Ramos of the Toyama Grouses in the Japan B. League. (Photo: B. League/Instagram)

Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grouses suffered a 66-91 loss at the hands of the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Okinawa Arena on Saturday (4 December).  

Ramos could not find his prolific form as he amassed six points, four rebounds, two assists and a block for the Grouses, who could not contain American Allen Durham in the 25-point loss that snapped their three-game win streak and sent their win-loss record down to 4-11.  

Durham asserted dominance all game long, churning out a double-double effort of 20 points and 13 rebounds. He spearheaded the scoring stampede in the third period, where the Golden Kings wrested a commanding 66-40 lead using a blistering 18-6 run.  

Also contributing to the winning cause was Ryuichi Kishimito who poured out 12 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Jack Cooley had a near double-double game of 11 points and nine rebounds.  

Koh Flippin and Hayato Maki also proved instrumental, scoring 11 points apiece for the Golden Kings, who rose to a 12-3 slate.  

While a handful of players from Ryukyu scored in double figures, only two Grouses managed to barge into double-digit territory. Leading the losing side was Brice Johnson with his 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks, while Julian Mavunga put up 10 points, six assists and three rebounds in the tough defeat.  

Ramos and Toyama will aim to make a swift return to the win column when they take on the Golden Kings 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.

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