Thirdy set to return to action in Japan League

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    THIRDY Ravena is set to return to San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League.

    The high-flying former Ateneo star wingman was sidelined for three months after suffering a fractured right ring finger injury (right 4th finger metacarpal oblique fracture) in a game against SunRockers Shibuya last January.

    Ravena will play his first game back on the road when San-En NeoPhoenix squares off with West Division leaders Ryukyu Golden Kings tomorrow at Okinawa City Gymnasium.

    San-En NeoPhoenix has an 11-37 card and has lost three straight, including a 64-96 shellacking at the hands of Utsunomiya Brex last March 28.

    Ravena was also set to suit up for B. White team in the league’s All-Star game and take part in the Slam dunk tilt. Those events, however, were scrapped due to the COIVD-19 pandemic.

    In November last year, Ravena, 23, also missed four games when he tested positive for the deadly virus after he played in a scrimmage against private ballclub Kanazawa Samurai Team.

    A former three-time UAAP finals MVP, Ravena is averaging 9.1 points, on top of 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.6 minutes in 11 games.

    After leading the Blue Eagles to three straight UAAP titles, 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.

    The youngest son of former PBA player and former TNT coach Bong and former volleyball star Mozzy, Ravena also got offers to play in Australia, New Zealand, and Italy.