Kiefer Ravena loses 28 on Osaka, but Shiga falls to 11th consecutive loss – archyde

Kiefer Ravena of the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B. League. (Photo: B. League / Facebook)

Kiefer Ravena broke for 28 points, but his outstanding performance was insufficient to prevent the Shiga Lakestars from suffering their 11th straight defeat on Wednesday (December 15).

The Lakestars couldn’t avert yet another late breakdown after collapsing against Osaka Evessa 81-89 at Ookini Arena Maishima, despite Ravena’s best-ever goal of the 2021-22 Japan B. League season.

The Filipino defender was an offensive juggernaut in the first three quarters, where he earned 25 of his total points. Osaka managed to stop him in the final quarter, however, when Shiga lost momentum on the track, slipping to a win-loss record of 6-13.

The Evessa clung to a slim 74-72 flank with less than seven minutes to go in the last third, increased the stake and left with a decisive 13-4 run for a double-digit advantage of 87:76. Shiga, who held Ravena, struggled to recover so that Osaka emerged victorious.

DJ Newbill shouldered the offensive load for the winning team with 26 points and distributed six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Kyle Hunt also delivered an instrumental performance of 17 points and 11 boards.

On the flip side, Novar Gadson scored an almost double double of 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakestars who are trying to stop their skidding if they collide with the Yokohama B-Corsairs over the weekend.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports writer who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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