Thirdy Ravena, San-En arrest slide with rout of Ibaraki

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San-En NeoPhoenix prevail over Shiga Lakestars in Japan B.League. (Photo: San-En NeoPhoenix/Twitter)
San-En NeoPhoenix prevail over Ibaraki Robits in Japan B.League. (Photo: San-En NeoPhoenix/Twitter)

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix arrested their three-game losing skid after whipping the Ibaraki Robots 83-66 in the 2021/22 Japan B. League at the Kamisu Disaster Prevention Arena on Sunday (24 October).  

Ravena did a little bit of everything as he produced seven points, seven rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes of action for the NeoPhoenix, who rose to a 3-5 record while sending the Robots down to a 1-7 hole.  

San-En unloaded a balanced offensive barrage to break the game wide open in the second period, where Elias Harris, Justin Knox and Kazuma Tsuya spearheaded 22-point burst for a commanding 50-34 edge at the break.  

It was all NeoPhoenix from there, as the lead even ballooned to as high as 26 points, proving to be an insurmountable wall for the Robots, who still missed the services of Javi Gomez de Liaño.  

Harris paced the winning side with an all-around line of 19 points, seven boards, and four assists. 

Knox backstopped with 16 points, seven boards, and two dimes, while Tsuya chimed in three triples on his way to 11 points for San-En.  

Ibaraki, on the other hand, saw Eric Jacobsen's near double-double effort of 20 points and eight rebounds go down the drain.  

Ravena and the NeoPhoenix will aim to carry over momentum when they host Bobby Ray Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, while Gomez de Liaño is expected to see action when Ibaraki takes on Seahorses Mikawa on the road. Both matches will take place on Wednesday.  

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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