Thirdy’s efforts go for naught

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    THIRDY Ravena played one of his better games as an import for San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League last Wednesday night.

    But his efforts went down the drain.

    With Filipino fans watching from the stands, the high-flying Ravena wound up with 18 points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep, to go with five rebounds and three steals, but San-en NeoPhoenix still absorbed a heartrending 84-85 loss to Osaka Evessa at home at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.

    The defeat was the second straight for San-en NeoPhoenix and 11th overall against two wins.

    San-en NeoPhoenix went into the match raring to atone for its 74-81 setback to Shimane Susanoo Magic last Nov. 8 and the 6-foot-2 Ravena vowed to make up for the defeat.

    “Salamat sa lahat ng nandito (at the venue),” Ravena said.

    “Pasensya na hindi kami nanalo pero babawi kami next game,” he added.

    San-en NeoPhoenix, which had a 6-25 record before the B. League’s season was called off for good last March due to the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, try to snap out of its slump when it collides with Alvark Tokyo on the road on Saturday and Sunday.

    Ravena, 23, arrived in Japan last Oct. 15 but he had to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine.