Kiefer Ravena made his presence felt in his Japan B. League debut as he orchestrated the late-game rally of the Shiga Lakestars en route to 93-83 win over his brother Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix on Saturday (2 October) at the Ukaruchan Arena.
In the much anticipated showdown of the famed siblings, Kiefer delivered the goods with 11 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes of action, spearheading Shiga's resurgence in the second half to snatch the lead out of Thirdy and San-En's clutches and emerge victorious.
The reliable guard, who last suited up in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for NLEX, showcased his leadership and composure when he steadied the Lakestars in the fourth period and helped overturn a 61-74 deficit into an 82-74 advantage.
Shiga then never looked back from that point onwards as Kiefer spoiled the all-around effort of his younger brother Thirdy, who had an 11-point, six-rebound and two-steal performance.
Ovie Soko supplied a double-double outing of 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakestars while Sean O'Mara had a near double-double of his own with 17 points and nine boards.
Novar Gadson shouldered some of the offensive load in the thrilling heist as he ended with 16 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists off the bench.
On the other hand, Elias Harris topped San-En with 19 points and nine rebounds in the tough loss.
The Ravena brothers will have another chance of facing off on the court when Shiga collides with San-En anew on Sunday (3 October).
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.