Thirdy Ravena continues basketball career in Japan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) – Filipino basketball star Thirdy Ravena will stay with Japanese professional ballclub San-En NeoPhoenix until the 2022 Japan B.League season.

"We got unfinished business," Ravena said in his social media account on Monday.

The San-En NeoPhoenix team management confirmed on Monday the re-signing of Ravena, who averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in his 18 games with the squad.

"We will continue to build a new culture with a team centered on Ravena and strive to become a champion. Thank you for your continued support," said San-En NeoPhoenix team president and chief executive officer Kenjiro Hongo.

The Japanese team acquired Ravena in June last year. He is the first Filipino to play in the Japan-based league.

While playing in the Japan B.League, Ravena has been riddled by knee and finger injuries which forced him to miss a significant number of games. San-En finished the 2020-21 season with a 12-47 win-loss record, the second worst slate in the league.