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Thirdy Ravena signs multi-year contract with San-En NeoPhoenix

Delfin Dioquino

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Thirdy Ravena signs multi-year contract with San-En NeoPhoenix

LIMITED GAMES. Thirdy Ravena played only 18 games in his first B. League season for the San-En NeoPhoenix.

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Saying he has 'unfinished business,' Thirdy Ravena returns for the 2021-22 B. League season for the San-En NeoPhoenix

Thirdy Ravena will remain in Japan as he continues his B. League career with the San-En NeoPhoenix.

Ravena will return for the 2021-22 season as he signed a multi-year contract with the NeoPhoenix, the team announced on Monday, May 10.

Saying he has “unfinished business,” Ravena is expected have a more productive campaign for San-En, which finished the previous B. League season with a dismal 12-47 record.

“It was indeed a tough time for me last season, having to miss a lot of games and not being able to help the team as much as I want,” the 24-year-old said in an official statement.

“But despite that, it was all love from the NeoPhoenix club and boosters, which was why it was not hard for me to make this decision.”

“I’m excited for the next coming years with this club,” Ravena added.

Ravena played only 18 of their 59 games as he endured several setbacks.

He tested positive for the coronavirus and suffered a wrist and a knee injury in the middle of the season.

Ravena averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in his first B. League season for the NeoPhoenix.

“His aggressive play is something no one else can imitate,” said San-En general manager Hideki Higashi.

“I am confident that his aggressive play will tear the opponent teams apart and he continue to accumulate points, leading the team to victory,” Higashi added. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.