Dwight’s Toyama deals heartbreaker to Thirdy, San-En; Parks catches fire for Nagoya

Published November 14, 2021, 9:37 PM

by Reynald I. Magallon

Dwight Ramos and the Toyama Grousers completed the weekend sweep of Thirdy Ravena and his San-En Neophoenix while Ray Parks Jr. caught fire for the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins to get back on Mikawa Seahorses on Sunday, Nov. 14.

Photo from Toyama Grousers

Toyama survived a monster outing from Ravena and came out on top by a hairline, 90-89, to notch its third straight win.

Ravena’s missed free throw that could have sent the game to overtime proved to be the only dampener to his all-around 26 points, nine rebound, five assists and three steals performance. Ravena nailed a huge trey to tie the game 88-all few sequences before that but was immediately negated by a Keijiro Matsui jumper with 0.6 seconds left to put the Grousers back on top, 90-88

Thirdy, then manage to fish a foul from Bryce Johnson, giving him the chance to tie the game from the foul line. The Filipino import however faltered in his second free throw allowing Toyama to get away with the victory.

Ramos keyed Toyama with a double-double showing of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Ray Parks Jr. nailed five treys to spearhead Nagoya to a 101-75 drubbing of Mikawa.

Parks bounced back from a dismal showing on Saturday’s loss against the Seahorses where he was limited to just four points. Parks sizzled for 23 points to lead the hot-shooting Nagoya, which drilled 14 three pointers on 27 attempts.

Other Filipino imports were not as fortunate as Ramos and Parks.

Kiefer Ravena and his Shiga Lakestars absorbed its sixth straight defeat following the 90-80 loss to Shinshu Brave Warriors. Ravena was still missing-in-action for Shiga as he only mustered seven points, five rebounds against five turnovers.

Kobe Paras bounce back game also went for naught as defending champions Chiba Jets dealt Niigata Albirex BB its 11th straight loss. Paras, atoned for his two points, two rebounds performance in Saturday’s loss to Chiba with 15 markers on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

Javi Gomez De Liano and his Ibaraki Robots also absorbed 93-67 beat down at the hands of Kawasaki Brave Thunders. Javi GDL failed to follow up his breakout performance and went scoreless in his 12 minutes on the floor.