Japan B. League

Kiefer Ravena B. League career-high wasted as Osaka survives reeling Shiga

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Kiefer Ravena B. League career-high wasted as Osaka survives reeling Shiga

TOUGH LOSS. Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars fall short in their comeback bid.

JAPAN B. LEAGUE

The Shiga Lakestars sink to their 11th straight loss even as Kiefer Rafena erupts for 28 points

MANILA, Philippines – The Osaka Evessa banked on a total team effort to turn back the win-hungry Shiga Lakestars with an 89-81 home win on Wednesday, December 15.

Kiefer Ravena went nuclear with 25 of his B. League career-high 28 points in the first three quarters, before getting clamped in the final frame as the Lakestars sunk to their 11th straight loss for a 6-13 record.

The game looked all but over in favor of the Osaka hosts, as they peaked with a 17-point lead, 69-52, with just 1:32 left in the third quarter.

However, Ravena capped an 11-0 comeback bridging the latter two frames with a triple to cut the Shiga deficit to 6, 63-69, at the 8:59 mark of the fourth.

Although that triple eventually became Ravena’s last points for the game, his team collectively kept it close, and almost tied the game up, 72-74, with 6:17 left in regulation.

But that turned out to be Shiga’s last gasp of offense for the night, as Osaka fired off a game-sealing 13-4 run to seal off the endgame, 87-76, with only 1:20 left on the clock.

Evessa import DJ Newbill anchored the win with 26 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals, while Kyle Hunt churned out a 17-marker, 11-board double-double.

Meanwhile, Novar Gadson backstopped Ravena in another loss with 18 points, 8 boards, and 3 dimes as Shiga continues to battle without top reinforcement Ovie Soko.

The Lakestars resume their search for a skid-stopping win on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, in a back-to-back slate against the Yokohama B-Corsairs.

The Scores

Osaka 89 – Newbill 26, Hunt 17, Kinoshita 15, Brown 12, Nakamura 7, Donley 5, Doblas 4, Goda 3, Takeuchi 0.

Shiga 81 – Ravena 28, Gadson 18, O’mara 16, Shibuta 10, Nomoto 5, Moriyama 3, Ozawa 1, Kashiwagura 0, Imagawa 0, Hayashi 0, Kawamata 0.

Quarters: 18-15, 40-38, 69-60, 89-81.

– Rappler.com