Thirdy Ravena, San-En suffer blowout loss to Kawasaki

Published April 3, 2021, 8:14 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Thirdy Ravena wears a special blue uniform of the San-En Neophoenix during a B.League game against the Kawasaki Brave Warriors. (Screengrabbed from B.League broadcast)

Thirdy Ravena’s first B.League home game since recovering from a fractured right finger ended in disappointment as the San-En NeoPhoenix fell 103-74 to the Kawasaki Brave Warriors Saturday April 3 in Toyohashi, Japan.

Ravena was held to just four points on 2-of-10 shooting while adding three rebounds, two steals and one block as the NeoPhoenix dropped to 11-39 with their sixth consecutive loss.

San-En led 8-6 in the early moments before Kawasaki dominated the rest of the way to win the first of their two-game weekend series.

It was Ravena’s first on-court appearance at the Toyohashi City Gymnasium since missing 22 games since undergoing surgery on his finger in early-January.

The game also saw the NeoPhoenix wear special blue uniforms as a homage to the color Ravena wore during his time with Ateneo and Gilas Pilipinas.

Ravena and the NeoPhoenix will wear it again on Sunday as they look to prevent the Brave Warriors from sweeping the weekend series.

Pablo Aguilar scored 23 points while Jordan Heath added 17 points and 11 rebounds for visiting Kawasaki which improved to 33-15.

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Also playing for the Brave Warriors is Nick Fazekas, who served as an import for Petron  in the PBA and San Miguel Beer in the ASEAN Basketball League in 2012.

Fazekas had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Kyle Hunt scored 18 points while Stevan Jelovac finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for San-En.