Dwight Ramos’ best game went for naught as Toyama Grouses fell to Ryukyu Golden Kings, 95-88, in B.League at the Toyama Prefectural West Sports Center on Saturday, October 23.
Ramos finally found his groove as he unloaded a season-high 16 points but he failed to convert a potential game-tying triple with 36 seconds left in the game and his team trailing 91-88.
It proved costly for Ramos and the Grouses as Ryukyu made them pay with four straight points to create the much-needed separation.
Ryuichi Kishimito drilled a jumper before world import Dwayne Evans anticipated a Julian Mavunga pass which led to a Jack Coolie layup to seal the win for the Kings.
Evans led Ryukyu with 25 points to go with eight rebounds.
Ramos went scoreless in the final frame after exploding for nine in the third quarter. Former PBA import Joshua Smith paced the Grouses with 19 markers and seven boards.
After trailing by as much as 12 points in the first half, Toyama recovered and even tied the game 82-all with a little over three minutes left in the final frame. It was a back-and-forth action from that point as the two team exchanged baskets with Ryukyu taking a three point cushion following an Evan jump shot with 1:12 left in the clock.
Smith answered back with a short stab but Kishimoto scored on a layup to rebuild the three point advantage as Ramos missed the huge trey in the following sequence.
Toyama remained winless through seven games while Ryukyu improved to a 5-2 win-loss record.