Japan B. League

Thirdy Ravena struggles as San-En falters vs Hiroshima

Martin Mendoza
Thirdy Ravena struggles as San-En falters vs Hiroshima

SETBACK. Thirdy Ravena and San-En fall short in their comeback bid against Hiroshima.

Japan B. League

Thirdy Ravena finishes with just 7 points as the San-En NeoPhoenix absorb a 9-point loss to the Hiroshima Dragonflies in the Japan B. League

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix picked up their third loss of the season after falling to the Hiroshima Dragonflies, 76-67, in the Japan B. League on Saturday, October 16 at the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall.

Ravena, who averaged 15.2 points in the NeoPhoenix’s first four outings, struggled to find his rhythm from the field and was held to just 7 points on 3-of-12 shooting, to go with 3 rebounds and 1 assist as they dropped to 2-3 in the standings.

After trailing by as many as 15 points, 20-35, midway through the second period, the NeoPhoenix immediately went on a huge 13-1 run to cut the deficit to just 3, 33-36, at halftime.

The Dragonflies, however, outscored the NeoPhoenix once again in the third quarter, 22-18, to put their lead back up to 7, 58-51, heading into the final frame.

It was all Hiroshima from there on as it extended its lead back up to 14 with 2:38 left in the ball game, 74-60, which put San-En away for good.

Venezuelan import Gregory Echenique led the way for the Dragonflies with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory, while fellow import Thomas Kennedy added 15 markers.

German reinforcement Elias Harris topscored for the NeoPhoenix with 23 points, to go with 7 rebounds, while American import Justin Knox chipped in 15 markers and 9 boards in the loss.

Ravena and the rest of the NeoPhoenix will look to avoid losing two in a row as they lock horns once again with the Dragonflies on Sunday, October 17 at 12:05 pm, Manila time.

The Scores

Hiroshima 76 – Echenique 17, Kennedy 15, Terashima 13, Mayo 13, Jackson 7, Asayama 5, Aoki 4, Tsuji 1, Funyu 1, Yanagawa 0.

San-en 67 – Harris 23, Knox 15, Ravena 7, Matsuwaki 6, Tawatari 4, Carter 3, Tsuya 3, Tsuyama 2, Yamauchi 2, Sugiura 2, Okada 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 36-33, 58-51, 76-67.

– Rappler.com