By Adrian Stewart Co
Ilonggo Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena and San-En NeoPhoenix halted their losing run in the 2021-2022 Japan B.League after an 83-66 domination over Ibaraki Robots yesterday at the Kamisu Disaster Prevention Arena in Japan.
The former Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles star tallied seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, and a block as the NeoPhoenix halted its three-game slide to improve to 3-5 win-loss slate.
“I struggled in rebounding during our loss to Ibaraki on Saturday so I really made a point to improve that today (Sunday),” said Ravena, who had two rebounds in NeoPhoenix’s 95-79 loss to Robots on Saturday night.
It was supposed to be another Filipino import to Filipino import battle among NeoPhoenix in Robots but the latter’s Asian Quota player Javi Gomez de Liano did not suit up.
Ravena and the NeoPhoenix look to build on another winning streak as they battle former PBA cager Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Nagoya on Wednesday at the Toyohashi City Gymnasium.
Meanwhile, Filipino-American Dwight Ramos missed on a potential game-tying triple as Toyoma Grouses suffered an 83-80 defeat to Ryukyu Golden Kings at Toyama Seibutai Sports Center.
It was another heartbreaking defeat for Ramos and the Grouses as they were on top by 12 points early in the fourth quarter before allowing the Golden Kings to make a rally and take a 77-73 advantage.
Ramos tried his best to carry the Grouses back with back-to-back conversions to come within 75-77 but the Golden Kings responded with baskets from Ryuichi Kishimoto and Dwayne Evans for an 82-77 lead with 18 ticks left.
Grouses had its last push with Toshiki Kamisawa drilling three free throws and Golden Kings’ Jack Cooley splitting his free throws for an 83-80 count but Ramos misfired his buzzer-beating triple try.
Ramos finished the match 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and a block as the Grouses suffered its eighth loss in as many games. Toyama will once again attempt for its first win when it hosts Osaka on Wednesday./ASC, WDJ