Thirdy back in roster as NeoPhoenix face Golden Kings in Japan B.League

Published March 30, 2021, 2:37 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Thirdy Ravena has been activated for San-En Neophoenix’s game against the Ryukyu Golden Kings. (Photo from B.League)

Thirdy Ravena will be in uniform when the San-En NeoPhoenix travel to Okinawa, Japan for their B.League game against the Ryukyu Golden Kings on Wednesday, March 31.

The NeoPhoenix said Tuesday, March 30 that Ravena has been activated for their 7:35 p.m. local time (6:35 p.m. Manila time) game after missing almost three months with a fractured right finger.

“(The) Filipino superstar is finally back!” San-En concluded in its three-paragraph statement announcing Ravena’s return.

Ravena had missed the last 22 games due to a metacarpal oblique fracture he suffered in the third quarter of the NeoPhoenix’s 81-80 loss to the Shibuya Sun Rockers last Jan. 2.

San-En went 6-16 in his absence, dropping near the bottom of the 20-team league with an 11-37 record.

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Even with Ravena set to return on the harcourt, the NeoPhoenix will have their hands full against the Golden Kings, one of the top teams in the B.League season.

Ryukyu holds the second-best record in the league with a 35-10 record.