Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars fell short of a comeback as the Yokohama B-Corsairs exacted revenge with a 98-85 victory in the 2021-22 Japan B. League at the Ukaruchan Arena on Sunday (19 December).
The Filipino guard came up huge down the stretch once again, pouring out nine of his 22 points in the fourth period, where the Lakestars mounted a resurgence from 18-points down to engage in a close 77-81 affair.
However, Leyton Hammonds prevented the Shiga victory as he spearheaded a Yokohama fightback that widened the gap to 91-77. The B-Corsairs never relinquished the lead from that point on to come away victorious.
Hammonds finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists for Yokohama, which rose to a 7-14 record while sending the Lakestars down to an identical 7-14 slate.
Patrik Auda also carried the cudgels for the winning side as he produced 18 points, three boards, two dimes and two steals, while Reginald Becton churned out a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds.
On the other hand, Shiga was led by Novar Gadson, who delivered a spirited double-double effort of 27 points and 11 rebounds that went for naught, while Sean O'Mara also saw his 19-point, 13-rebound production go down the drain.
Ravena and Shiga will attempt to barge back into the win column when they take on the beleaguered Kobe Paras and the Niigata Albirex BB next weekend.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.