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B.League: Kiefer-led rally falls short as Shiga bows to Ramos-less Toyama


Kiefer Ravena’s late burst was not enough to lift Shiga to a come-from-behind win against Toyama, falling 102-106 in the 2021-22 B.League season, Wednesday at Ukaruchan Arena.

Down by as much as 20 points, Ravena and Teppei Kashiwagura caught fire for the Lakestars.

Trailing 105-97 with 1:30 left, Ravena converted on one of three free throws before Kashiwagura knocked down a booming trey to cut the lead to four.

After forcing Naoki Uto to a turnover, Ravena atoned for his missed free throws by knocking down a triple to cut the lead to one with 25 seconds remaining.

Ravena though made a duty foul against Toshiki Kamisawa. It was his fifth foul, sending him to the showers.

Kamisawa converted on one of two free throws while Kashiwagura and Novar Gadson missed on late treys, giving Shiga another loss to its ledger.

Ravena ended up with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field with eight assists. And it included a thunderous buzzer-beating dunk over Yoshiki Ametani.

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Gadson, meanwhile, had a monster outing, dropping 42 points with eight rebounds, three steals, and a block. Kashiwagura added 17 points built on five treys.

Shiga fell to 10-19 in the standings while Toyama went up to 15-21.

The Grouses, who did not have Dwight Ramos for the game as he is still serving mandatory quarantine, was led by the 33 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists of Brice Johnson.

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Ryumo Ono added 17 points while Naoki Oto got 16 points. Joshua Smith also tallied 15 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.

Shiga will remain at home to face Ryukyu this weekend. Toyama, meanwhile, hosts Shibuya this weekend.

Over at Adastria Mito Arena, Javi Gomez de Liano did not play in Ibaraki’s 70-76 loss to Akita.

The Robots fell to 7-27 in the standings while the Northern Happinets rose to 20-12.

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