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Ravena slump continues as San-en skids to 6th straight loss

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Ravena slump continues as San-en skids to 6th straight loss

DRY SPELL. The Kawasaki Brave Thunders deal Thirdy Ravena and the San-en NeoPhoenix another loss.

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Thirdy Ravena and the San-en NeoPhoenix absorb their 40th defeat overall in 51 games

Thirdy Ravena has yet to find his rhythm since his long injury layoff as the Kawasaki Brave Thunders again outhustled the San-en NeoPhoenix, 87-77, on Sunday, April 4, at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.

With the win, the Brave Thunders rose to 35-15 for the B League season and extended their winning streak to 6 straight.

Meanwhile, the NeoPhoenix are currently going the other way as they dropped their sixth consecutive game for a dismal 11-40 record.

One day after flirting with a triple-double in a 104-73 blowout win, Kawasaki import Nick Fazekas erupted for 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists. Fellow reinforcements Pablo Aguilar and Jordan Heath added 12 and 8 markers, respectively.

On the other end of the import pool, Thirdy Ravena did not enjoy the same scoring success as he only had 6 points on a 2-of-7 clip, one day after getting locked down with 4 points on 2-of-10 shooting.

For a better part of the rematch, however, the NeoPhoenix showed their adjustments from their blowout loss, and kept things close up until the 5:07 mark of the 4th quarter when Tatsuya Suzuki drilled a triple to inch within 7 points, 67-74.

However, the bruising Kawasaki visitors responded with a quick 6-0 run in the paint for the 80-67 lead with 3:58 left in regulation to pretty much put the game out of reach for the home team, as San-en never got closer than 8 points down the stretch.

Import big man Kyle Hunt topscored anew for San-en with 21 points and 6 rebounds on 10-of-15 shooting, while Serbian scorer Stevan Jelovac chipped in 13 markers, 3 boards, and 3 assists.

The NeoPhoenix will get 6 days of rest before they start another back-to-back road game set for Saturday, April 10, against the 17-31 Shiga Lakestars. – Rappler.com