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Thirdy Ravena's San-en ends win streak with loss to Niigata

Thirdy Ravena and the San-en NeoPhoenix fell to the Niigata Albirex BB, 86-79, on Sunday, December 20, at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.

The visiting team, which was on a sorry six-game losing streak, bagged a crucial away victory to up its record to 7-16 in the Japan B. League.

San-en, which enjoyed a three-game winning streak, stands behind Niigata with a 5-18 card.

The NeoPhoenix were missing American-Jamaican import Kyle Hunt, who was out with an injury after emerging as Saturday's Player of the Game.

"I know it’s a tough game but I’m happy we walked away with a win in this one," said Niigata import Allen Rosco, who led the visitors with 21 points and 10 boards.

Jason Washburn dropped 22 points, while three-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham posted 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Although San-en missed the services of Hunt, the host squad dominated the first half with Ravena posting 8 of his 10 points in the opening quarters to maintain the lead.

The Filipino stalwart, proving he's getting his groove back after recovering from COVID-19, drained two threes in the first half.

But as Niigata zoned in on defense in the second half and limited San-en scoring leader Stevan Jelovac to only 5 points, the American duo of Rosco and Jason Washburn combined for an 11-2 run to take the lead, 60-56, in the 3:20 mark of the 3rd quarter.

Jelovac recorded 24 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

San-en will return to action in another back-to-back weekend games against the Akita Happinets on Saturday, December 26.

The Scores

Niigata 86 – Washburn 22, Rosco 21, Durham 17, Sato 11, Kashiwagura 6, Iigarashi 3, Nohmi 3, Ikeda 3, Hayashi 0, Ohya 0.

San-en 79 – Jelovac 24, Ravena 10, Miljenovic 10, Kawashima 10, Terazuno 9, Nishikawa 6, Kazuma 6, Ota 4, Yamamoto 0, Shingo 0, Hunt 0.

Quarters: 17-25, 39-46, 66-60, 86-79.

– Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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