Skid continues as Thirdy Ravena, San-En suffer 13th straight loss

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Thirdy Ravena of the San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League. (Photo: B. League/Facebook)
Thirdy Ravena of the San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League. (Photo: B. League/Facebook)

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix still could not find an antidote to their losing streak, after suffering their 13th straight defeat in the 2021-22 Japan B. League on Sunday (December 19).  

The Filipino stalwart delivered an all-around game but it proved not enough to prevent the NeoPhoenix from falling to the Osaka Evessa, 75-86, at the Toyohashi City Gymnasium.  

Ravena poured out 10 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes of action for San-En, which continued to trudge along the cellar with a dismal record of 3-18.  

Osaka blew the game wide open in the second period, where the NeoPhoenix let open the floodgates of scoring that turned a close 28-all affair into a 48-35 spread in favor of Evessa — a lead that they never relinquished the rest of the way.  

DJ Newbill flirted with a triple-double performance of 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Osaka captured its fourth consecutive win for an improved 11-10 slate.  

Hiromu Nakamura also made his presence felt for the Evessa after churning out 16 points built on three triples, while Ira Brown poured out 15 points, six rebounds and five assists to the winning cause.  

On the other hand, the beleaguered San-En wasted another double-double effort from Robert Carter, who produced 21 points and 12 rebounds in the tough loss.  

Ravena and the NeoPhoenix will try to arrest their skid when they collide with the Sea Horses Mikawa 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.

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