Kiefer Ravena showed Dwight Ramos that he is still king.
Ravena churned out a fine game in his first meeting against Ramos in the B.League, steering Shiga to an 89-81 win over Toyama, Wednesday evening at Toyama City Gymnasium.
The former NLEX Road Warrior tallied 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and a steal, lifting the Lakestars to its 13th win in 39 games.
Not too shabby was Ramos’ line as well, producing 15 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two steals.
But it was the supporting cast that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Strong was the start of Shiga in the contest, racing to a 29-17 lead behind the eight first quarter points of Ravena.
From there, Novar Gadson and Sean O’ Mara picked it up as well, helping Shiga erect a 16-point lead, 59-43, midway through the third canto.
It never got close from there as the Lakestars cruised to victory.
Gadson got 29 points and seven assists while O’Mara added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Daichi Nomoto also added an extra lift for Shiga with 10 points.
The Grouses, who dropped to 20-32, was led by Brice Johnson, who got 21 points and 12 rebounds. Julian Mavunga got 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists as well but shot just 4-of-14 from the field.
Tomokazu Abe and Yoshiyuki Nozaki chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Toyama.
Over at Adastria Mito Arena, Javi Gomez de Liano went scoreless during Ibaraki’s 96-78 win over Gunma.
Gomez de Liano was only fielded for 90 seconds in the game and did not attempt a shot.
Chehales Tapscott had a monster performance for the Robots with 45 points and 10 rebounds.
Ibaraki went up to 14-32 while dropping Gunma to 20-27.
Ondrej Balvin led the Crane Thunders with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Thirdy Ravena and Kemark Carino remained out for San-En and Aomori, respectively.