Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix came close of completing a huge upset but fell short to the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 85-80, in their Japan B.League home game held Wednesday, April 14 in Toyohashi City.
Ravena had given the NeoPhoenix a 77-76 lead when he split his two free throws with 1:40 left in the fourth, but the Golden Kings scored seven unanswered points on their way to victory.
San-En also turned the ball over twice during that span, thus dropping to a record of 12-52 with six games left in the season.
The former Ateneo star finished with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in almost 22 minutes for San-En.
It was Ravena’s highest-scoring game since returning from a fractured right finger.
But that went for naught as San-En couldn’t seal the win against one of the league’s top teams.
Serbian center Steven Jelovac scored 22 points while Hayato Kawashima added 15 but San-En played without American big man Kyle Hunt because of an injury.
Dwayne Evans had 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as Ryukyu improved to 38-11.