Japan B. League

Thirdy Ravena, San-En crush Ibaraki to get back on winning track

Martin Mendoza
Thirdy Ravena, San-En crush Ibaraki to get back on winning track

BOUNCE BACK. Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix rediscover their winning ways.

Japan B. League

Thirdy Ravena delivers an all-around performance as the San-En NeoPhoenix prevent the Javi Gomez de Liaño-less Ibaraki Robots from completing a weekend sweep

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix snapped their three-game losing streak after crushing the Ibaraki Robots, 83-66, in the Japan B. League on Sunday, October 24 at the Kamisu Disaster Prevention Arena.

Ravena delivered an all-around game of 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in the victory as the NeoPhoenix prevented the Robots from completing a weekend sweep and improved to 3-5 in the standings.

Coming off a stunning 16-point loss to Ibaraki on Saturday, San-En came out firing from the get-go and quickly built a double-digit cushion at halftime, 50-34.

It was all NeoPhoenix from there on as they managed to extend their lead to as many as 26 points at the end of the third frame, 71-45, which proved too much for the Robots to overcome with only 10 minutes left to play in the ball game.

The Robots were again playing without their Filipino import Javi Gomez de Liaño, who has unspecified paperwork issues.

Elias Harris led San-En’s balanced attack with 21 points, to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Justin Knox and Kazuma Tsuya contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Eric Jacobsen topscored anew for Ibaraki with 20 points, while Marc Trasolini and Chehales Tapscott added 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

Ravena will look to sustain his solid play for the NeoPhoenix as they take on Ray Parks Jr. and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:05 pm, Manila time.

The Scores

San-En 83 – Harris 21, Knox 14, Tsuya 11, Carter 9, Sugiura 8, Ravena 7, Ota 3, Matsuwaki 3, Yamauchi 3, Tawatari 2, Tsuyama 2, Okada 0.

Ibaraki 66 – Jacobsen 20, Trasolini 12, Tapscott 10, Fukuzawa 9, Hirao 5, Tsurumaki 3, Taniguchi 3, You 2, Nakamura 2, Tajima 0, Takahashi 0.

Quarters: 28-22, 50-34, 71-45, 83-66.

– Rappler.com