Thirdy Ravena finally made his professional basketball debut in the Japan B. League tonight where he introduced himself with a two-hand dunk for his first field goal. He and his team, the San-En NeoPhoenix, emerged victoriously in their match against the Shimane Susanoo Magic with a final result of 83-82.
Despite months of hiatus, Ravena scored 13 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds leading San-en to its second win in the 2020-2021 season. The former UAAP Finals MVP said in an interview, “Well, definitely I’m thankful for all the supporters that watched. As you can see, I still have a lot to improve on, especially my conditioning. I’m very tired but I’m happy that the team won. That was a great game especially for the fans.”
San-en head coach Branislav Vićentić also shared his thoughts on the Filipino baller: “He was good. We were talking about Thirdy. I’m so happy he has debuted. He’s one with the win. We talked about one of the excellent players and he is one of those. He was under pressure, [it’s his] first professional game, [but] he still showed everything. We talked a lot because I know he can affect our game better.”
Watch Thirdy Ravena’s two-hand dunk in the video clip posted by the official B.League Twitter account below:
三遠#1 Thirdy Ravena / SG / 189cm
— B.LEAGUE（Bリーグ） (@B_LEAGUE) November 7, 2020
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