RISING Gilas Pilipinas star Dwight Ramos has finally cleared quarantine and health protocols in Japan and will make his B.League debut this weekend with the Toyoma Grouses.
“I’m finally out of quarantine. I’m really excited to join the team and practice with them to meet everybody for the first time and just be part of Toyama again,” said Ramos on Thursday in a video posted by the Grouses on Twitter.
“I’m really excited for the game this weekend and hopefully everybody can come out and support us this weekend.”
The 6-foot-4 Ramos, who averaged 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 steals a game for the Philippine team in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, missed the first four games of Toyama because he was required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Without Ramos, the Grouses struggled in the tournament as they lost all their games heading into this weekend.
The 23-year-old Ramos can help Toyama on both ends of the floor as its Asian import.
This weekend, Toyama will host another struggling team, Diamond Dolphins (1-3), which also has a Filipino import — Ray Parks Jr. — in its lineup. They will first clash on Saturday, October 16, at 5:05 p.m. (Philippine time) and will meet again on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. at the Toyama City Gymnasium.