Ravena joins San-En practices, shows good signs of recovery

Published March 25, 2021, 7:10 PM

by Jonas Terrado

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Thirdy Ravena is close to once again suit up for Japan B.League side San-En Neophoenix after missing the last two months with a broken right finger.

Videos posted by the Neophoenix on their social media accounts have shown Ravena taking part in practices while also attempting shots before the team’s recent home game against the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.

San-En didn’t give any specific date as to when Ravena will return but said that it’s only a matter of time before the former Ateneo star dons the Neophoenix jersey once more.

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“Ravena’s return is just around the corner!” the team said.

The Neophoenix are also plugging a pair of games against the Kawasaki Brave Thunders on April 3 and 4 with a theme “Empower Asia” and an action photo of Ravena, a possible hint that he could return to action during the said dates.

Ravena’s progress is an encouraging sign that his recovery is right on schedule.

Doctors diagnosed a three-month recovery for Ravena, who fractured his right finger during an 81-80 road loss to the Shibuya Sun Rockers last Jan. 2.

Since his absence, the Neophoenix have gone 6-14 and is currently ninth out of the 10-team Western division with an 11-35 record.

Ravena has played just 12 games for San-En, averaging 8.8 points on 37-percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals. 

He also missed three games between late-November and early-December after testing positive for COVID-19.