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San-en NeoPhoenix picks up 2nd win in Thirdy Ravena’s debut

Beatrice Go
San-en NeoPhoenix picks up 2nd win in Thirdy Ravena’s debut
Thirdy Ravena introduces himself to the Japan B. League in San-en NeoPhoenix's win over host team Shimane

Thirdy Ravena’s arrival propelled San-en NeoPhoenix to an away win over the Shimane Susanoo Magic, 83-82, on Saturday, November 7 at the Yonago Industrial Gymnasium in Shimane.

Ravena, who is making his professional basketball debut, chipped in 13 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds to lead San-en to its 2nd win in the 2020-2021 season.

Serbian center Stevan Jelovac continued to lead the NeoPhoenix in scoring with 22 points and 8 boards, while American-Jamaican big man Kyle Hunt chipped in 15 points.

“I think we showed character and big heart. It’s very hard to beat this good team Shimane. I want to congratulate my boys. We’re a special group of players,” said San-en head coach Branislav Vićentić.

With the win, San-en improves to 2-9, while the Magic drop to 5-6 in the standings.

After introducing himself to the B. League with a dunk for his first field goal, Ravena had a shaky start – only producing 3 points by the half.

But the Filipino stalwart bounced back as he scored 8 points alone in final frame to stretch San-en’s lead to 8 points, 77-69.

Host team Shimane, though, rallied from the deficit to overtake the lead 82-81 with 19 seconds left in the game.

Veteran guard Hayato Kawashima, though, drew a crucial foul with 3.6 seconds to go and sank both his charities for the win.

Ravena’s professional basketball debut in the B. League marks his first 5-on-5 game in 8 months since the Philippines went into lockdown last March.

Demon Brooks led Shimane’s offense with 19 points, while Nika Williams recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

San-en and Shimane will meet again on Sunday, November 8 at 12:35pm, Manila time.

The Scores:

San-en 83 – Jelovac 22, Hunt, 15, Terazono 13, Kawashima 13, Ravena 13, Suzuki 4, Nishikawa 2, Ota 1, Yamamoto 0, Kitahra 0, Okada 0.

Shimane 82 – Brooks 19, Reid 17, Sugiura 12, Williams 11, Buford 8, Kitagawa 6, Abe 3, Hashimoto 3, Yamashita 2, Kosaka 1, Shirahama 0, , Kamizato 0.

Quarters: 22-19, 41-42, 63-62, 83-82.

– Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine 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.