THIRDY RAVENA UNLEASHES 13 POINTS IN JAPAN B. LEAGUE DEBUT, SAN-EN NEOPHOENIX SEIZES 2ND WIN
The Filipino pride in Japan, Thirdy Ravena hyped the San-en NeoPhoenix’s 2nd win and slipped the victory against Shimane Susanoo Magic, 83-82, yesterday in the Japan B.League at Yonago Industrial Gymnasium in Tottori.
Despite not being able to pump the roster during San-En’s first 10 games due to visa and quarantine issues, the 23-year-old high-flyer made up for his lost chances by making sure he was a vital clog in San-En’s clutch win against Susanoo Magic.
Ravena scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting and dished out three assists and two rebounds in almost 22 minutes of action.
The former UAAP Finals MVP immediately forces a power two-handed dunk midway during the 1st quarter of the game, 12-11.
Moreover, during the most pivotal point in the 4th quarter, Ravena unleashed 8 crucial points for the Dragonflies-squad, 77-69, with 4:28 remaining.
“He was good. We were talking about Thirdy. I’m so happy he has debuted. He’s one with the win. We talked about one of the excellent players and he is one of those. He was under pressure, first professional game, he still showed everything. We talked a lot because I know he can affect our game better,” said head coach Branislav Vićentić.
It was a hard-earned win for San-en as they had to penetrate Susanoo Magic late after losing a 10-point lead with the final four minutes left in the clock, 82-81.
Still, the team got what they deserved after Magic import De’Mon Brooks capped off a 9-0 run with two freebies with 19.0 seconds remaining and Hayato Kawashima game-winning free throws with 3.6 seconds in the shot clock.
“We thought the game was over the last two minutes. It’s a lesson for us,” coach Branislav shared.
On the other hand, Thirdy shared his gratitude to all his supporters. “Definitely, I’m very thankful to all the supporters who watched.”
“As you can see, I still have a lot to improve on, especially my conditioning. I’m really tired, but I’m very happy that the team won,” he added.
San-en and Shimane will battle again on Sunday, November 8 at 12:35 pm, Manila time.