In a hard-fought battle, the Toyama Grouses came through in the final minute to beat the Kumamoto Volters 88-85 in the B. League promotion/relegation playoff game at Yokohama Arena on Sunday evening.

With the result, the Grouses and Volters remained in the first and second divisions, respectively.

Grouses forward Sam Willard hit a jumper with 35 seconds left to give his team a three-point lead and ace guard Naoki Uto sank three of the four free throws he had with less than 21 seconds left to seal the victory.