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Thirdy Ravena pulled out of B.League All-Stars dunk contest

Thirdy Ravena will be missing basketball action once again, including the B.League All-Star games' dunk contest, due to his right hand injury.

The Filipino star's team San-en NeoPhoenix announced on Wednesday, January 6, that Ravena has been pulled out of the the All-Star dunk contest, where he was given a slot in the B. White team upon the recommendation of the league.

SeaHorses Mikawa's Takuya Kawamura will take his spot in the team that will be led by Japan national team members Ryusei Shinoyama and Yuki Togashi and former PBA import Nick Fazekas, among others.

San-en's Asian import sustained a metacarpal oblique fracture on his right index finger last Saturday, January 2, in the game against Sun Rockers Shibuya, where San-en faltered by a point, 81-80.

According to San-en, the diagnosis remains unchanged and the team will continue to give updates on the situation, as well as Ravena's recovery.

Ravena exited the court in the 3rd period after hurting his right hand during a loose ball situation and did not return for the remainder of the game.

Before the injury, the Filipino stalwart had 6 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

The NeoPhoenix are currently on a sorry five-game losing streak, with their last win being a sweep of the Hokkaido Levanga, marked by Ravena's return from COVID-19 illness.

The country's lone three-peat UAAP Finals MVP has only played in 12 games with San-en since his late arrival to Japan due to visa issues. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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