The struggles of Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars continue to pile up after losing their seventh straight match in the 2021-22 Japan B. League on Sunday (December 5).
Coming off a three-week layoff, the Lakestars showed signs of rust and suffered an error-strewn performance in the 75-102 beatdown at the hands of the Sun Rockers Shibuya at the Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall.
The Filipino stalwart was out of his element, producing four points on a dismal 1-of-6 shooting from the field, three assists and two steals in 12 minutes of action.
With the crushing result, the Lakestars were sent reeling down to a 6-9 win-loss record, while Shibuya elevated their standing to 11-5.
The Sun Rockers imposed their dominance all game long, and James Michael McAdoo typified the efficiency of the winning side as he made all but one of his 12 shot attempts in a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double effort.
Leo Vendrame provided ample support with 12 points, four boards and four assists, while Yo Nishino and Koyo Takahashi delivered 12 points apiece off the bench. For his part, Kaito Morizane chipped in 11 of his own in the 27-point rout.
On the other hand, Shiga, which committed a total of 17 turnovers, was paced by the near double-double line of Ovie Soko, who put up 24 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a lost cause. Sean O'Mara also saw his spirited game of 12 points and 11 boards go down the drain.
Ravena and the Lakestars will aim to arrest their slide when they collide with Shibuya once more on Monday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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