The losing streak continued for Kiefer Ravena and the Shiga Lakestars in the 2021-22 Japan B. League on Wednesday (10 November), after a 94-102 loss to the Shimane Susanoo Magic at the Ukaruchan Arena.
The Filipino import chipped in a 14-point performance to go along with six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but his efforts went for naught as the Lakestars suffered their fourth straight loss for a 6-6 win-loss record.
Inside the last four minutes of regulation, Ravena managed to keep Shiga in the fight and prevent the Shimane lead from swelling, maintaining a close 90-94 affair.
However, Shimane's Seiya Ando, who finished with a double-double line of 17 points and 12 assists, delivered the key baskets as he drained two three-pointers that widened the lead to double-digits.
The Susanoo Magic never allowed the Lakestars to threaten their lead from that point onwards, stretching their win streak to five matches for an improved 9-3 win-loss slate.
Reid Travis paced the winning side with a monster double-double effort of 35 points and 18 rebounds, while Nick Kay displayed his all-around arsenal with 14 points, 10 boards and seven dimes.
Shiga, on the other hand, leaned on Ovie Soko and his 20-point, 14-rebound effort in a lost cause.
Ravena and the Lakestars will attempt to end the dry spell when they take on Matthew Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors this weekend.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.