Dwight Ramos bounces back as Toyama beats Hiroshima


The Toyama Grouses won an 85-73 end-to-end victory over the Hiroshima Dragonflies on Sunday at F-Pico Arena Fukuyama to end their three-game slippage in B.League’s 2021-22 season.

Brice Johnson led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists while Naoki Uto rose with 21 points, seven assists and two boards in the victory to make up for the scoreless exit of import Julian Mavunga .

Dwight Ramos also bounced back from his scoreless performance the night before with 15 points on 3 of 5 shots from deep, to go with three rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes on the bench.

Joshua Smith had 14 points, nine boards, three dimes and three steals, while Keijuro Matsui had 10 points to make up for Toyama’s 84-79 loss to Hiroshima on Saturday.

Unlike that first outing, however, the Grouses were quick to assert their will and opened the game with a 20-9 explosion. The lead fell to 15, 63-48, midway through the third period.

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Toyama moved up to 9-17 and will return home this Saturday to face the Akita Northern Happinets at Toyama City Gymnasium.

Charles Jackson paced the Dragonflies with 19 points and eight rebounds as they saw their three-game winning streak interrupted.

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Stedmon Lemon scored Fukuoka’s balanced offense with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the visitors established a comfortable 71-53 lead heading into the payment window.

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