NEOPHOENIX DROPS TO 0-4; REMAINS WINLESS WITHOUT THIRDY RAVENA
San-En NeoPhoenix falls to the bottom of the standing, 0-4, as the team suffered its fourth straight loss against Mikawa Seahorse, 85-57, Sunday in the 2020-2021 B.League at Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.
With Thirdy Ravena still waiting for his Japanese Visa and Serbian imports, Stevan Jelovac and Nenad Miljenovic remain in quarantine, NeoPhoenix struggles to claim its first win of the season.
The home team struggled in the early second half as Mikawa slaughtered the team by breaking a 34-33 game behind a 14-2 onslaught.
Mikawa dominated the game from there as they went 11-of-25 from deep to grab their fourth straight win and march unbeaten this season.
Kosuke Kanamaru led Mikawa in the third frame with back-to-back points that cruised the team to a 51-35 advantage that crippled NeoPhoenix for the rest of the game.
However, reinforcements are expected to arrive soon as Jelovac and Miljenovic finished their 14-days quarantine and will suit up for the team with coach Branislav Vićentić to call the shots.
On the other hand, Ravena’s debut will still be on hold as he is yet to secure a visa before flying to Japan.
American import Andre Murray and Hayato Kawashima carried the load for the squad with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals and 10 points and four assists respectively.
On the opposing side, Davante Gardner dominated the match with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists.
While Kanamaru shot 5-of-9 from three to score 21 points and Wataru Kumagai made 14 boards.
The NeoPhoenix will next face the Toyama Grouses, who stands 3-1, at Toyama City Gymnasium on Saturday.