Thirdy impresses in winning debut for San-en NeoPhoenix
MANILA, Philippines — Thirdy Ravena showed he belonged in his professional debut as San-en NeoPhoenix slipped past Shimane Susanoo Magic, 83-82, in the Japanese B.League on Saturday.
Ravena was as good as advertised, scoring 13 points to provide a much-needed boost for NeoPhoenix, which just won its second game in 11 outings.
“Definitely, I’m very thankful to all the supporters who watched,” Ravena said during the post-game interview.
“As you can see, I still have a lot to improve on especially my conditioning I’m really tired, but I’m very happy that the team won,” he added. “That was a great game.”
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There was a lot of hype heading into Ravena’s debut and the 23-year-old Filipino star did not disappoint as he showcased his ability to attack the basket and create plays for his team.
Ravena’s first point came at the free throw line at the 8:41 mark of the opening quarter while his first field goal—a two-handed dunk—followed shortly.
“I’m here to do whatever it takes to help the team win and If I have to drive, I have to rebound and if I have to shoot, I’ll do it. I’ll do my best,” Ravena said.
Hayato Kawashima sank a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds left to give NeoPhoenix the victory after Shimane battled back from 10 points down.
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