Thirdy injures fingers, out indefinitely

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    THIRDY Ravena can’t seem to catch a break.

    The former Ateneo star wingman, who is steadily proving his worth for San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League, has been ruled out indefinitely after he suffered a fractured right ring finger injury (right 4th finger metacarpal oblique fracture) last Saturday.

    “We will undergo a detailed examination and provide appropriate treatment and rehabilitation (for Ravena),” the team said in a statement yesterday.

    “We will inform you as soon as the result of the detailed inspection is known.”

    The 6-foot-2 Ravena scored six points and pulled down five rebounds but left the game for good at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter in San-En NeoPhoenix’s sorry 80-81 loss to SunRockers Shibuya at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall in Tokyo.

    The defeat was San-En NeoPhoenix’s fourth straight that dropped it to 5-21 in the West District.

    San-En NeoPhoenix and SunRockers Shibuya clashed at the same venue anew yesterday.

    Ravena, 24, also missed four matches when he tested positive for COVID-19 last Nov. 27 after he played in a scrimmage against private ballclub Kanazawa Samurai Team last Nov. 24.

    In 11 games, Ravena is averaging 9.1 points, to go with 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.6 minutes.

    The high-flying Ravena was chosen to play in the league’s All-Star Game set on Jan. 17 at the Adastria Mito Arena in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

    The only San-En NeoPhoenix player to play in the All-Star, Ravena is also set to join in the Slam Dunk contest on Jan. 15.

    After leading the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles where he was named finals MVP in each season, Ravena opted not to join the PBA Draft in 2019 despite being projected as likely the top pick overall and instead signed with San-En NeoPhoenix as the first Filipino and Asian to suit as an import under the league’s Asian quotas initiative last June.