Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars bounced back from their previous overtime loss with a rousing 93-88 come-from-behind win over the Ibaraki Robots in the Japan B. League on Saturday, October 9 at the Ukaruchan Arena.
The Asian import Ravena dazzled once again for the Lakestars, finishing with an all-around game of 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals as they improved to 2-1 in the standings.
Down by only 2 points, 64-66, at the end of the third period, the Lakestars started off slow in the fourth quarter and trailed by as many as 11 points, 64-75, with 7:43 remaining in the game.
Luckily for Ravena and the Lakestars, they managed to regain their footing in the closing minutes of the ball game as they went on a blazing 23-5 run to lead by 7 markers, 87-80, which proved too big for the Robots to conquer with only 51 seconds left to play.
Shiga import Ovie Soko erupted for a game-high 37 points, to go with 5 rebounds, and 2 assists, while fellow reinforcement Novar Gadson added 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in the win.
Eric Jacobsen had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Marc Trasolini contributed 14 markers and 8 boards for Ibaraki, which is still missing the services of its Filipino import Javi Gomez de Liaño due to quarantine protocols.
The Lakestars and the Robots will meet again on Sunday, October 10, at 1:35 pm, Manila time.
Shiga 93 – Soko 37, Gadson 23, Ravena 13, O’mara 9, Hayashi 5, Kashiwagura 4, Moriyama 2, Nomoto 0, Ozawa 0, Shibuta 0, Imagawa 0.
Ibaraki 88 – Jacobsen 19, Trasolini 14, Tapscott 11, Fukuzawa 10, Tajima 9, Hirao 8, Tsurumaki 7, Nakamura 5, Taniguchi 3, You 1, Takahashi 1.
Quarters: 26-23, 45-45, 64-66, 93-88.