Thirdy’s San-En gets back at Ibaraki to arrest three-game slide

Published October 24, 2021, 11:18 PM

by Reynald I. Magallon

Photo from San-En Neophoenix

Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix halted their three-game slide with an 83-66 drubbing of Ibaraki Robots to split their two-game series in the B.League at the Kamisu Disaster Prevention Arena on Sunday, October 24.

It was a one-sided affair with San-En taking full control of the game as it led by as many as 26 points.

A huge second quarter for the visiting team set the tone for the rout as it outplayed Ibaraki on both ends of the floor. The Neophoenix exploded for 22 points while clamping down on the defensive end, limiting Ibaraki to a measly 12 second quarter points and leaving the Robots in the dust with a 50-34 lead at the half.

Elias Harris led the attack with 21 points and seven rebounds while Thirdy Ravena provided an all-around support with seven marker, seven boards and six assists in 30 minutes on the floor.

After Ibaraki took a 5-0 lead, San-En put its foot on the gas pedal and never looked back as it spread the lead to its largest at the end of the third quarter, 71-45. Ibaraki showed some signs of life in the final frame where it limited San-En to just 12 points but the lead was just too big to hurdle for the Robots.

Eric Jacobsen was the lone bright spot for Ibaraki with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Robots still missed the services of Filipino import Javi Gomez De Liano who is expected to make his B.League next week.

San-En avenged its earlier lost to Ibaraki and improved to 3-5 win-loss record while the Robots fell to 1-7 record and dead last in the East district standing.