Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix absorbed another disappointing loss in the Japan B. League as they dropped to the Sunrockers Shibuya, 70-64, on Saturday, November 6 at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall.
Ravena was limited to only 4 points on 2-of-8 shooting, 3 rebounds, and 4 turnovers as San-En, which squandered a huge 18-point third-quarter lead, suffered its second straight loss and moved down to 3-7 in the standings.
Coming off a 28-point loss to the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins prior to the league’s 10-day break, the NeoPhoenix came out firing from the get-go and built a comfortable 16-point cushion at halftime, 39-23, thanks to a last second layup by Ravena.
The NeoPhoenix then stretched their lead to its biggest at 18 points, 41-23, in the opening seconds of the third period, before the Sunrockers unleashed a massive 24-6 run to tie the game at 47-all with 1:36 to play in the quarter.
It was a nip-and-tuck battle between both squads early in the payoff period and with the Sunrockers leading by just 2, 66-64, with 1:09 remaining, Ravena failed to convert on a three-pointer, which could’ve given the NeoPhoenix back the lead with only 46 seconds left in the game.
Sunrockers import and two-time NBA champion James McAdoo then scored off an easy hook shot on the other end to extend their lead to a two possession game, 68-64, which ultimately sealed the deal for Shibuya.
McAdoo tallied a monster double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Sunrockers, while Josh Harrellson came up with his own double-double of 13 markers and 11 boards.
Justin Knox led San-En in the losing effort with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Robert Carter chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The NeoPhoenix will look to put on a better showing and avoid a weekend sweep on Sunday, November 7 as they once again clash with the Sunrockers at 2:05 pm, Manila time.
Shibuya 70 – Mcadoo 31, Harrellson 13, Morizane 8, Ishii 7, Vendrame 6, Nishino 2, Hisatake 2, Takahashi 1, Sekino 0, Watanabe 0, Hirose 0, Tawatari 0.
San-En 64 – Knox 18, Carter 14, Tawatari 7, Ota 6, Ravena 4, Tsuya 4, Tsuyama 2, Sugiura 2, Yamauchi 0.
Quarters: 13-19, 23-39, 47-49, 70-64.