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Thirdy Ravena-less NeoPhoenix fall to Shibuya for 5th straight loss

With Thirdy Ravena out indefinitely due to a fractured finger, San-en NeoPhoenix fell to the Sun Rockers Shibuya, 105-64, in the Japan B.League on Sunday, January 3, at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

After a tightly contested ball game between the two teams on Saturday, Shibuya dominated the undermanned San-en from start to finish.

Leading by 7 points, 25-18, at the end of the opening period, Shibuya went on a huge 22-8 run in the 2nd frame to put the lead up by 21 points at the half, which ultimately sealed the game for the Sun Rockers.

With San-en imports Ravena and Nenad Miljenovic already out, injury woes continued to pile up for the NeoPhoenix as Serbian import Stevan Jelovac went down with an apparent foot injury in the 3rd quarter of the lopsided affair. 

The NeoPhoenix dropped their 5th straight game and now moved to 5-22 in the team standings, while the 5th place Sun Rockers improved to 19-8. 

San-en will have a much-needed three-week break before they host the Hiroshima Dragonflies for back-to-back games on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24. – Rappler.com