Japan B. League

Kiefer Ravena’s 16 not enough as Shiga absorbs 16th straight loss

Martin Mendoza
Kiefer Ravena’s 16 not enough as Shiga absorbs 16th straight loss

SLUMP. Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars still can't catch a break.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

Kiefer Ravena’s efficient outing goes to waste as the Shiga Lakestars drop to 10-33 in the Japan B. League

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena’s efficient outing for the Shiga Lakestars went for naught as they fell to the Hiroshima Dragonflies, 92-73, in the Japan B. League on Wednesday, April 6. 

Ravena finished with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, to go with 4 assists and 1 rebound for Shiga, which absorbed its 16th straight loss and dropped to 10-33 in the standings.

Nick Mayo led the way for the Dragonflies with 20 points, while Ryo Terashima added 19 points and 8 assists.

After trailing by only 5 points, 61-56, with 9:44 left to play in the final frame, Shiga’s offense suddenly cooled down as Hiroshima went on a blitzing 19-3 run in the next four minutes to extend its lead to 16, 75-59.

With Shiga still down by 16, 78-62, with 4:13 remaining, Ravena converted on a three-point play to cut Hiroshima’s lead back to 13, but the Dragonflies countered with another 7-0 rally to push their advantage to its biggest at 20, 85-65, with just 2:29 left on the clock.

Novar Gadson paced the Lakestars with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Sean O’mara had a double-double of 13 markers and 10 boards.

Similar to Kiefer’s Lakestars, Thirdy Ravena’s San-En NeoPhoenix and Kobe Paras’ Niigata Albirex BB suffered double-digit losses to their respective opponents on Wednesday.

Thirdy tallied 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in the NeoPhoenix’s 92-69 loss to the Ryukyu Golden Kings, while Paras had 5 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist in the Albirex BB’s 86-76 defeat at the hands of the Yokohama B-Corsairs.

San-En, which dropped its sixth straight outing, slipped to 8-37 in the standings, while Niigata, which fell to its ninth consecutive loss, remained at the bottom of the pack with a 5-39 slate.

Onto a winning note this time, Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins eked out an 89-87 win against the Osaka Evessa off a game-winning layup by Takumi Saito.

With the score knotted at 87-all, Saito converted on a wide-open right hand finish to give the Dolphins the victory with just 5 ticks left in the game.

Saito recorded 18 points and 7 assists, while Parks came up with just 4 points, 1 rebound, and 1 steal for Nagoya, which improved its record to 26-12.

Finally, just like Parks and the Dolphins, Matt Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors completed a 71-69 escape act against the Kyoto Hannaryz, thanks to the game-winning free throws of Yuta Okada.

Okada sank two crucial charities with just 9 seconds remaining to put Shinshu up by 2 as Kyoto’s David Simon missed on a buzzer-beating hook shot in the following possession.

Okada scored 11 points in the victory, while the Filipino-Japanese big man Aquino grabbed only 1 rebound in 5 minutes of action for Shinshu, which moved up to 22-24. – Rappler.com

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