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.
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.