Kiefer Ravena plays best game but Shiga still loses, San-En falls anew
MANILA, Philippines—It was a disappointing Sunday for brothers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena as both of their teams lost their respective matchups in the Japan B.League.
Shiga lost to Chiba, 89-83, at Funabashi Arena in what was Kiefer’s best game in the B.League as he logged a game-high 27 points with 10 assists and three steals.
Tied at 68-all entering the fourth, the Jets quickly went on a 10-3 run to take a 78-71 lead off of Josh Duncan’s hook shot at the 7:33 mark of the final period.
Kiefer managed to get the Lakestars to within three, 81-78, with 4:40 to play but Nishimura Fumio drilled a three then took a split from the charity stripe to give Chiba an 88-80 cushion with 2:13 remaining.
Duncan led the 8-3 Jets with 18 points and nine rebounds while Nishimura added 16 points and five assists.
Ovie Soko had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Sean O’mara added 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to help Shiga, which slid to its third straight loss and a 6-5 record.
San-En and Thirdy dropped their second straight game to Shibuya, 91-80, at Aoyama Gakuin Memorial Hall in Tokyo.
The NeoPhoenix, who also lost in their first meeting on Saturday 70-64, have now dropped to 3-8 in the West Conference while the Sun Rockers improved to 8-3 in the East.
James Michael McAdoo posterized Robert Carter for the three-point play capping off Shibuya’s 13-2 run for the 77-66 lead with 6:40 to play effectively burying San-En in the fourth.
Josh Harrellson had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals to lead the Sun Rockers while Morizane Kaito added 18 points, seven assists, and two steals.
Carter had 20 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and one block for San-En while Thirdy had 13 points and five rebounds.
Shinshu, meanwhile, dropped its second meeting against Akita, 79-75, at White Ring in Nagano.
The Brave Warriors, who logged a dominant 76-51 win in their first meeting, slid to a 6-5 record in the West Conference while the Happinets moved to 5-6 in the East.
Jordan Glynn had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Akita while Hasegawa Noboru added 17 points.
Josh Hawkinson led Shinshu with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Matthew Aquino, who made his B.League debut on Saturday, registered a DNP.