|Thirdy Ravena has signed a new multi-year deal with San-En. B.League (file photo)|
MANILA--Thirdy Ravena is staying put in Japan.
The first player signed into the B.League through the Asian import quota has re-signed with the San-En NeoPhoenix which would see him still donning the team's red and white colors for a foreseeable future.
"This contract is for multiple years," San-En announced on Monday.
The B.League suddenly got a huge Filipino following last season after the NeoPhoenix signed the six-foot-three swingman.
However, Ravena's pro debut was a short one.
Ravena was not in San-En's opening night roster due to travel concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He finally got to play for the team in November, but the following month, he was tested positive for COVID-19.
He eventually recovered and got to play again, but right at the first weekend of 2021, he fractured his right ring finger, sidelining him until March.
Ravena was not able to finish the season as he sat out the rest of the way following a knee injury.
In total, he only got to play 18 games last season, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.
"It was indeed a tough time for me last season, having to miss a lot of games and not being able to help the team as much as I want. But despite that, it was all love from the NeoPhoenix club and boosters; which was why it wasn’t hard for me to make this decision," Ravena said. "I’m excited for the next coming years with this club."
Club president Kenjiro Hongo, on the other hand, said that Ravena will be among San-En's main men for the upcoming season.
"Ravena will continue to build a new culture with a team centered on him and strive to become a champion," Hongo said. "There are only great expectations for his further growth."
Team Manager Hideki Higashi also expressed bullishness on what Ravena will continue to contribute to the team.
"I am confident that his aggressive play will tear the opponent team apart and continue to accumulate points, leading the team to victory. The San-en Neo-Phoenix, along with Thirdy, will impress not only his native people but also the Filipinos living in the San-en area, and will aim to become a champion with him," Higashi said.
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