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Thirdy Ravena absorbs 1st B. League loss to Shimane

Beatrice Go
Thirdy Ravena absorbs 1st B. League loss to Shimane

Thirdy Ravena San-en NeoPhoenix vs Shimane Susanoo Magic

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San-en NeoPhoenix fails to garner back-to-back wins after getting into foul trouble early

Host squad Shimane Susanoo Magic made sure to bounce back on their home court with an 81-74 victory over Thirdy Ravena-boosted San-en NeoPhoenix on Sunday, November 8, at the Yonago Industrial Gymnasium in Shimane.

The Magic now stand at 6-6 while San-en, which picked up a win in Ravena’s debut the day before, dropped to 2-10 in the standings.

Playing in back-to-back games, Ravena managed to contribute 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist on Sunday.

Shimane pulled away to a 17-point lead, 53-36, after American import De’mon Brooks drained a top-of-the-key three in the 3rd quarter.

San-en only managed to rally back in the last 2:23 minutes of the game with an 8-2 run capped off by Hunt’s and-1 play.

But Ravena’s unsportsmanlike foul brought Yasuhiro Yamashita to the line. Yamashita only sank 1/2 freebies and handed the possession to Shimane.

San-en Serbian center Jelovac then drew a crucial foul off Reid Travis which saw him cut the deficit back to 4, 78-74, but the Magic closed out the match to their favor.

Brooks continued to lead Shimane with 19 points off 5-of-8 shooting, while Travis chipped in 17 points and Perrin Buford put up 15 for the Magic.

Ravena stepped up for San-en in the 2nd quarter as he led the scoring to help his team that was struggling from beyond the arc with 1-of-10 shooting by the half.

San-en went into foul trouble early in the game when Jelovac picked up 3 fouls and American-Jamaican big man Kyle Hunt had two.

Hayato Kawashima was also sidelined momentarily after absorbing a blow to the eye from Brooks.

Jelovac led San-en with a double-double of 23 points and 10 boards, while Kawashima matched Ravena’s outing with 12 points.

Ravena will be playing his first home game with San-en NeoPhoenix on Wednesday, November 11, 6:05 pm Manila time, against the Osaka Evessa.

The Scores:

Shimane – Brooks 19, Reid 17 , Buford 15, Abe 13, Williams 10, Kitagawa 4, Yamashita 3, Hashimoto 0, Sugiura 0, Kosaka 0, Shirahama 0, Kamizato 0.

San-en – Jelovac 23, Ravena 12, Kawashima 12, Hunt 10, Suzuki 6, Ota 4, Okada 3, Nishikawa 2, Kitahara 2, Yamamoto 0, Terazono 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 44-34, 65-51, 81-74.

– 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.