B League: Dwight-les Toyama back on track, Ravenna brothers fight

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File – Toyama Grossus chats during their game against Osaka Avesa in the Japan B League. Photo from Toyama Grosses Instagram

MANILA, Philippines – Toyama Grosses ended their seven-game skid without Dwight Ramos after defeating Yokohama B-Corsairs 90-65 in the Japan B League at Kurobe City Gymnasium on Saturday.

Despite the absence of Filipino imports, Bryce Johnson led Toyama with 26 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steels to end their slump, improving to a 17-29 record.

Keizuro Matsui chipped in 16 points, while Joshua Smith and Toshiki Kamisawa added 14 points.

Yokohama dropped to 16th at 16-28.

Meanwhile, Kifer Ravenna and Shiga Lexters exploited their 14th consecutive loss after a one-sided 92-50 loss to Ryukyu Golden Kings at the Okinawa Arena.

The 28-year-old guard was placed on just five points, battling a 1-on-11 shooting from the field and had three assists, two steals and a rebound. With 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steels, Shaun O’Mara went down to a 10-31 record, the only bright spot for Shigar.

The third Ravenna also struggled when Sun-N Neophinix lost to Osaka Ivesa, 98-80, at the Okini Arena Maishima.

Little Ravenna scored just two points after going 0-for-6 off the field, though he did have four assists, one rebound and one steal. Elias Harris had 24 points and eight rebounds to carry Sun-N’s Causels, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat at 8-35.

Kobe Paras and Nigata Alberax lost to BBO Utsunomia Brex 89-72 at City Hall Plaza Aure Nagaoka.

Pars scored 13 points out of 4 of 11 and had two assists, two blocks, a rebound and a steal in Nigata’s eighth consecutive draw, falling to 5-37.

Xavi Gomez de Liano, who was goalless in the ninth minute of the game, was also unlucky as his compatriot after falling to Ibaraki (13-30) at the Chiba Jets 92-83 at the Adastria Mito Arena.

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