Thirdy Ravena’s B. League career in Japan is far from over as he will be extending his stay with San-en NeoPhoenix after signing a multi-year contract, the team announced on Monday, May 10.

/ 11 May 2021

More Ravena action in Japan B.League as the Filipino import and San-En announced that it has renewed Ravena’s contract for “multiple” B.League seasons.

“We got unfinished business, @NEO_PHOENIX,” Ravena posted on his social media as the 24-year-old guard looks forward to a sweet redemption for the 2021-22 season after his injury-ridden campaign.

“San-en Neo-Phoenix has signed a multi-year contract with Thirdy Ravena,” Kenjiro Hongo, President and CEO of NeoPhoenix shared.

“He brought overwhelming power and a bright future to our club. As a result, I don’t think I was satisfied, but he adapted to life in Japan and as a professional player. There are only great expectations for his further growth with our team,” he said referring to Ravena as the team’s first Pinoy reinforcement under the “Asian Player Quota” program.

“It is wonderful that San-en Neo-Phoenix has signed a multi-year contract with Thirdy Ravena, who will be the central figure of the Philippine national team in the World Cup,” general manager Hideki Higashi added.

“His aggressive play is something no one else can imitate. I am confident that his aggressive play will be a problem for years to come, leading the team to victory,” he continued.

It was an injury-hit yet impressive stint for Ravena, though, he missed San-en’s first 12 games due to visa delay before being hit by a COVID-19 last November, a hand injury that kept him out for three months earlier this year and a sore left knee last month, he still had impacted to the squad.

The three-time UAAP Finals MVP from Ateneo was only able to play 18 of their 59 games due to several setbacks which he averaged with a decent 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.

“I just want to thank the NeoPhoenix organization for the trust and support they’ve given ever since I got here. It was indeed a tough time for me last season, having to miss a lot of games and not being able to help the team as much as I wanted to,” Ravena said on the team’s website.

“But despite that, it was all love from the NeoPhoenix organization which was why it was not hard for me to make this decision,” he added.

As he will be gunning for the 2021-22 season, which means will not be playing in the PBA, he expects to have a productive campaign after finishing with a dismal 12-47 record for San-En in the 2020-21 season.

“We will continue to build a new culture with a team centered on Ravena and strive to become a champion,” averred Hongo.