THIRDY RAVENA SUFFERS ANOTHER INJURY SCARE AS SAN-EN ABSORBS LOSS AGAINST SHIGA
Thirdy Ravena fell down to another injury scare during the late stages of San-En’s tough loss against Shiga Lakestars, 94-87, in the Japan B.League on Saturday, April 10, at the Ukaruchan Arena in Shiga, Japan.
The Filipino guard, who returned from an injury last March 31, finally racked up his first double- digits record in the league, finishing the game with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.
However, the 6-foot-2 slasher had experienced another injury scare after he was hit at the back of his head by an inadvertent running elbow by former NBA player Jordan Hamilton.
Ravena fell down in pain on the floor for several seconds before getting up as he exited the match with 1:28 left in the final frame.
In the third canto, Hamilton and the Lakestars carried away from a 53-45 lead to a 75-73 point advantage.
Later on, Hamilton, a former member of the Denver Nuggets, was on fire hacked away with three consecutive treys in a 9-3 spurt to bury down NeoPhoenix.
Hamilton spearheaded the Lakestarsa with a game-high of 34 points, 6 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The American propelled Shiga with dominance after scoring 18 points off a 5-of-5 clip from beyond the arc in the 4th quarter alone.
American-Jamaican Kyle Hunt continued to lead for the NeoPhoenix, finishing with 26 points, 7 boards, and 2 assists, while Stevan Jelovac added 16 points and 5 boards.
The Lakestar, who won their first home game, now has an 18-32 card while San-En absorbs its sixth straight loss which dropped to 11-41 standing.
San-en is hopeful to end its losing streak in its rematch against Shiga on Sunday, April 11, 1:05 pm, Manila time.