Thirdy Ravena impresses on Japan debut in B.League, San-En NeoPhoenix emerged victorious from a thrilling 83-82 victory over Shimane Susanoo Magic at the Matsue Town Gymnasium in Matsue, Japan on Saturday night.
Thirdy Ravena, who made his highly anticipated Japanese debut in B.League, scored 13 points, grabbed three draws and distributed three assists in nearly 22 minutes of action.
Although he didn’t make San-En’s first 10 games, the 6’3 shooter was instrumental in his team’s crucial round in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his runs there.
The team, which nearly lost an eight-point lead late in the game, only gained the upper hand for the second time this season in 11 games after Hayato Kawashima hit the winning free throws 3.6 seconds off. the end.
Prior to that, the Magic De’Mon Brooks import capped a 9-0 run with two presents with 19.0 seconds remaining.
“We thought the game was going on for the last two minutes. It’s a lesson for us,” said head coach Branislav Vićentić, impressed by his new player.
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“He was good. We were talking about Thirdy. I’m so happy he made his debut. He’s part of the win. We talked about one of the great players and he’s one of them. He was under pressure, the first professional match, he still showed everything. We talked a lot because I know he can better affect our game, “he added.
Ravena, who was the league’s first signed Asian quota import, started on double guard and netted her first point, a free throw, 8:41 off the first.
The former UAAP Finals MVP achieved his first field goal, a two-handed dunk in the middle of the first chapter.
He would not see much action in the interim quarters, but was immediately scheduled to start the fourth period.
Ravena scored a tough one-hander, layup, another float and bank shot in the fourth, showing the nuances of her excellent stint with Ateneo.
“Well I’m really grateful for all the fans who watched. As you can see I still have a lot to improve especially my physical condition. I’m very tired but I’m happy the team won . It was a great game especially for the fans, “Ravena said.
He was benched by Vićentić when San-En held a 79-71 lead in the final two minutes before the team relinquished their advantage.
The guard was squeezed into the very final possession, where Magic Perrin Buford’s foreign reinforcement was stripped and lost their sixth fight in 11 games.
Serbian Stevan Jerovac led San-En with 22 points, while fellow imported Kyle Hunt added 15.
Brooks scored 19, while Travis added 17 for Shimane.
The two teams will face each other again on Sunday at the same venue.