RYUKYU SPOILS RAVENA’S RETURN AS NEOPHOENIX SUFFERS FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS WITH 39-POINT BEATDOWN
Thirdy Ravena receives no warm welcome on his B. League return as Ryukyu Golden Kings hammered Neophoenix with a 39-point beatdown, 110-71, Wednesday in the 2020-21 B.League at Okinawa City Gym.
The West Division Leaders improved its record to 36-10 to stay on track for the title while San-en absorbed its fourth straight loss to fall to 11-38.
Ravena, who returned for the first time in three months due to a fractured right index finger, finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist in 31 minutes of play.
Ravena immediately started for the Golden Kings as it trailed from a 12-point deficit within one possession at the 4:22 mark of the 2nd quarter, cutting the lead down to three, 36-33.
But Ryukyu responded from the 12-0 assault which casted a 48-33 to finish the second period.
San-En never recovered and continued to absorb a beating from the title contenders, who stretched their advantage to 40 points, 106-66, as they shot 52-percent from the field.
American-Jamaican Kyle Hunt led San-en with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while Nenad Miljenovic added 16 points, 2 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Kazuma Tsuya also ended with 10 markers, but the squad missed the presence of Serbian reinforcement and leading scorer Stevan Jelovac due to an injury that happened during Sunday’s game against league leader Utsunomiya Brex.
Ryukyu’s Jack Cooley led the title defenders with 16 points and 11 rebounds while 6 others finished with double-digits in scoring.
Sieya Funyu and Keita Imamura both ended with 15 points, Naoki Tashiro with 13, American reinforcement Dwayne Evans had 12, French import Kim Tillie got 11, and Yuki Mitsuhara had 10.