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Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMar 6th, 2020

Meet the trusted trainer making sure Thirdy s true focus is on Japan

Thirdy Ravena will have to play guard for San-En NeoPhoenix in Japan's B.League. "He can play shooting guard. He can play small forward," Phoenix Co., Ltd. President Kenjiro Hongo said in his native tongue in the three-time UAAP Finals MVP's introductory press conference last Friday. "We will also try him at point guard. He will be a key player for us this season." Only, Ravena has been, for the most part, a forward in his time in Ateneo de Manila - both Jrs. and Srs. - and has only dabbled at the 2-spot for times under head coach Tab Baldwin. As it turns out, though, the 6-foot-2 all-around player has long been prepping and priming for this. And he has been doing so with the help of a trusted trainer - Jolo Tamayo of True Focus. "We have been doing things he has never done before because he's trying to become a point guard or a shooting guard. That's why we focused on ballhandling and improved his perimeter shooting to make him a deadly three-point shooter," he said. For Tamayo, it's no surprise at all that Ravena is getting the golden opportunity to showcase his skills abroad as, from the very start, the latter has proven his discipline and determination to the former. "Thirdy is very humble and hardworking. He trains as if he was an underdog and is always hungry for improvement," the youthful trainer said. Tamayo then recounted two inspiring instances of Ravena's fire and desire to be better. "One time, we were doing a drill and his nose was bleeding, but he didn't stop until the drill was over. I was so in awe because I thought he would relax when he realized (what was happening to his nose), but he still gave his 110 percent," he said. "Another instance was during the holidays when the gyms were closed early and since he came from Antipolo, I thought he wouldn't be able to train. But he said, 'Kahit dyan lang tayo sa harap ng kotse. Basta makapag-training,'" the founder of True Focus said. "We still trained in the parking lot until 12 midnight. That's how thirsty Thirdy is in training and I think this is what separates him from the rest of the competition. With all those, Tamayo just feels fortunate to have the golden opportunity to help Ravena spread his wings even further. "We were just introduced by a common friend and, to be honest, I thought it was a long shot for us to work with Thirdy," he shared. He then continued, "We were just lucky that Thirdy was free one day and he gave us a chance to show how we make things work." Even better for True Focus, having Ravena with them gives them just the boost they need to keep moving forward with their program. In particular, this is all more than enough proof for Tamayo that he is on the right path after he had to take a detour in his playing career because of an ACL injury. "This is all very fulfilling because I never had a trainer who made me better. I'm still chasing my dream to be a basketball player, but I'm very ecstatic because while doing so, I could help other young players achieve their dreams and become better in the sport they love," he said. The guard-turned-trainer once suited up for Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA Jrs. from 2015 to 2017 before a knee injury sidelined him. While on the shelf, he used all the time he had in his hands to learn tips and tricks to improve his game - tips and tricks that until now, he's sharing with students of True Focus. While their no. 1 student is now headed to Japan, Tamayo said his education with them is far from over. "We can always try out new things like virtual training and coaching, but of course, everything would still depend on Thirdy's availability. For me, I'll just watch his games in Japan and shares insights on what we need to tweak," he said. He then continued, "I will always be here to support him and once he comes back here after Japan, I'm sure he'll be a beast - a beast that will still want to be better." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

Thirdy ready and raring to play for 8,000 Filipinos in San-En s area

Japan wasn't the only country Thirdy Ravena was considering taking his talents to. As the three-time Finals MVP with Ateneo de Manila University told TV Patrol, he also had offers from Australia and New Zealand before deciding to join Japan's B.League. And in the B.League itself, San-En NeoPhoenix wasn't the only team he was considering suiting up for. As Ravena already said in previous interviews, several squads in the league had interest in him. Aside from team management that had earned his trust, however, the 6-foot-3 swingman said he's headed to San-En because of his kababayans in the area. "I heard this was a wonderful organization and it would be amazing if I could be a big help to the success of the club," he shared in his online introductory press conference on Friday. He then continued, "There are 8,000 Filipinos close to where I'll play so I'm very excited to be part of that." Those figures actually came from San-En itself. "8,000 Filipinos are living in this area and I'm sure they are really proud of him and they are gonna cheer for him," Phoenix Co., Ltd. President Kenjiro Hongo said in his native tongue. The NeoPhoenix play in the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium in the Aichi Prefecture. According to the prefectural government's data, close to 37,000 Filipinos reside in Aichi. In that case, San-En may very well have just gotten 37,000 new fans ready and raring to wear red for the NeoPhoenix - a color that, interestingly, will be something new for Ravena. "I've been used to wearing blue and white. I've never word red in basketball until this year," he said. He then continued, "I'm very excited to rock a new color." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena may be headed to the B.League. What s the B.League?

From what it looks like, Thirdy Ravena is set on Japan as his next basketball destination. The next time we see Thirdy take flight, it might as well be in the Japanese B.League. If he does, Ravena will be designated as an Asian import. When players are designated as imports, regardless of whatever league, those players are expected to be top guys and Thirdy is more than aware of that. [Related: Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan's B.League] It's a bold move for Ravena, choosing to go pro abroad right after his collegiate career. "It's a different country and there's pressure of course, especially coming in as an Asian Import. We're expected to perform right away," he said. "Right now my challenge is how can I be best prepared for that situation," Ravena added.   WHAT IS THE B.LEAGUE? As a crash course, the B.League has three divisions, and teams in Division 1 and 2 can be promoted and relegated based on record at the end of each season, which lasts 60 games. The premier Division 1 has 18 teams divided into three conferences. Each season's champion is decided after a unique playoff set up. Top-2 teams in each conference advance, along with the two teams with the next best records, making it an 8-team postseason. The first two rounds of the playoffs are two-game series, both played at the higher seed's court. If the two teams split, a third game will be played. The Finals is a one-game knockout played at a neutral venue, much like the NFL's Super Bowl. B.League teams are allowed to field up to three foreign players, not counting those who have become naturalized citizens. However, only two imports can share the court together at any given time, and each team is allowed only one 2naturalized player. In 2014, FIBA suspended the Japanese Basketball Association after the JBA's failed merger of the Basketball Japan league and the National Basketball League. Eventually, the National Basketball League merged with the independent Basketball Japan league and the B.League was born. Alvark Tokyo has the most championships in the new league with two, which were won in the 2018 and 2019 seasons after beating the Chiba Jets in the Finals. The 2020 season, the league's fifth, was cancelled over the threat of COVID-19. "It's much like the PBA naman," Thirdy said of the B.League. "In terms of skill, I think we can match up to the B.League, sa Division 1," Ravena added.   WHAT ABOUT THE PBA? While Thirdy is set on trying to make a name for himself abroad, he's not entirely closing his door on the PBA. Much like his older brother Kiefer before him, Thirdy just wants to test himself against other competition. "Definitely not, the PBA pangarap naman ng mga Pinoy yun. Lahat tayo gusto mag-PBA," Ravena said. "Nandiyan lang yan. I mean, the opportunity right now is with Japan but the PBA [is still there]," he added. As for the little-known PBA rule that may actually ban, or at least delay, his entry to the league when he does decide to come home, Thirdy has had multiple discussions with Commissioner Willie Marcial on the matter. They're on the process of ironing everything out and Commissioner Marcial has shown support on Thirdy's plans for abroad. "Malaki rin suporta rin ni Comm, and of course my door is never closed to the PBA," Thirdy said. "Nag-usap kami ni Comm, I don't think we can say kung ano pa yung napag-usapan namin but right now we're working on it kasi sinabi niya naman siya bahala sakin," Ravena added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely to play in Japan

MANILA, Philippines – Japan is likely where Thirdy Ravena is headed.  Ravena, who was hailed Mr Basketball in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night, bared he has already received offers from "4 or 5" teams in both Division 1 and Division 2 of the B.League.  "As to my journey, I ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan s B.League

Thirdy Ravena had a pretty strong 2019 in his last year as a Blue Eagle for the Ateneo. His 2020 is already off to a good start too, topscoring for Gilas Pilipinas in the national team's first-ever win of the decade. With all that being said, Thirdy has been recognized for his great work, being named Mr. Basketball by the Philippine Sports Association for its 2020 annual awards. Ravena ended the reign of San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, who was Mr. Basketball for the last three years. "I'd like to thank PSA for the award," Thirdy said Friday during the award's night at Manila Hotel. "Laking motivation na naman to para sakin and this honor is for my family, friends, and everyone who stuck with me," he added. What's next for Mr. Basketball? Well nothing is quite official just yet. For the meantime, Thirdy will be training with Gilas Pilipinas and when the new season comes, Ravena might be seen taking flight in Japan. Thirdy says he has a number of teams from the B.League, both in Division 1 and Division 2, that are taking an interest in him. He will mull all offers and make a decision when the time is right. The current B.League season is currently ongoing and a new calendar year typically starts around October. "As to my journey, I'm most likely headed to Japan. I think right now there are 4-5 offers na from different teams," Ravena said. "We'll wait for other offers and see which is the best decision possible," he added. With a few months to spare though, Thirdy is 100 percent with Gilas Pilipinas. The national team, not counting the cancelled game against Thailand, won't play in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers until November of this year. The cadets will train with multiple stops abroad as the Gilas program continues with its development aimed for the future. "Right now I'm focusing with Gilas, now that we're here," he said. "We'll have an out-of-the-country trip para sa training lang. Right now that's my focus," Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

Must-see sports events for 2020

The sports and the action never stop. That will only continue as we usher in a new year. PBA in January The 44th season of the PBA is far from over as Ginebra and new-age rival Meralco are all-set to go at it for all the glory in the Governors’ Cup Finals. The first and oldest professional league in Asia will then take a two-month break before tipping off its next season in March. There, rookies like Roosevelt Adams and Mike Ayonayon will make their much-anticipated debuts during the Philippine Cup Dubai International Basketball Tournament in January Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. Kai Sotto. Dave Ildefonso. Jamie Malonzo. Andray Blatche. That is the core Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has come up with for the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. That young and talented lineup is sure to go all-out as it tries to improve on its third-place finish in the invitational tourney a year ago. NCAA volleyball in January Arellano will protect its throne from several oncomers in the brand new season of NCAA women’s volleyball while Perpetual hopes to do the same over at the men’s side. The Lady Chiefs will follow the lead of Regine Arocha, as always, as they set out for a fourth consecutive championship. UAAP volleyball in February Ateneo ended La Salle’s three-year reign last season and now, the archrivals remain in championship contention in UAAP women’s volleyball alongside UST and FEU. National U is also out to extend its rule in the men’s tournament even as the likes of FEU and Ateneo are ready and raring to put up a new challenge. Gilas Pilipinas in February The Olympic dream is yet to turn into reality for Gilas Pilipinas, but the Philippine national team remains primed for more international action in the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. There, the Filipinos will fight over the right for an automatic advance into the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. NBTC in March The best of the best young talent in the Philippines come together anew in the latest National Basketball Training Centre League National Finals. There, NCAA king San Beda and UAAP title favorite National U are poised to wage war with the other champions from all over the country. And of course, the All-Star game is and will always be a must-watch. NCAA basketball in July For the first time in quite a while, it’s not San Beda that has a target on its back in NCAA basketball. Instead, it will be Letran which will have to fend off the hungrier Red Lions as well as determined LPU, San Sebastian, and Mapua. Tokyo Olympics in July The Olympics are upon us once more and this time, it is closer than ever to home as Japan hosts the world meet in Tokyo. Already headed there while wearing the flag are EJ Obiena for men’s pole vault as well as Carlos Yulo for artistic gymnastics. UAAP basketball in September Ateneo remains on top of UAAP men’s basketball, but will now defend its title without the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. In Women’s action, National U is still the standard, but teams such as UST and FEU keep coming closer and closer. ABL is ongoing A new champion will be crowned in ABL 10 and as of right now, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is at the head of the pack. MPBL is ongoing The Philippines’ only regional league is only getting bigger and better in its third tournament, the Lakan Season, which continues to roll along......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

Loss spoils Ravena’s return

San-en bowed to visiting Kawasaki, 77-87, despite Thirdy Ravena’s first homestand in three months in the Japan B. League over the weekend at the Toyohashi City Gym......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 4th, 2021

NeoPhoenix s Thirdy Ravena returns from injury

The long wait is over as Filipino import Thirdy Ravena makes his anticipated return Wednesday for San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League after nearly three months of hiatus due to a hand injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 30th, 2021

San-en plans grand return for Thirdy

The long wait is over as Filipino import Thirdy Ravena makes his anticipated return today for San-en NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League after nearly three months of hiatus due to a hand injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 30th, 2021

Thirdy returns to practice

Filipino ace Thirdy Ravena is on track to full recovery from a right hand injury in the Japan B. League as seen in his return to limited practice yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021

Thirdy Ravena undergoes successful finger surgery in Japan

Ravena, who is out indefinitely in the Japan B. League due to the injury, suffered a metacarpal oblique fracture in his right ring finger in San-En's 80-81 loss to the Sun Rockers Shibuya last week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Injury forces Thirdy out of All-Stars

San-En NeoPhoenix ace Thirdy Ravena has been ruled out of the B. League All-Star Game set Jan. 15-16 in Mito, Japan due to the unfortunate finger fracture he suffered last weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Thirdy suffers ring finger fracture

Thirdy Ravena continues to face adversities in the Japan B. League as he suffered an injury a few days after his recovery from COVID-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2021

Durham, Niigata get back at Ravena, NeoPhoenix

Three-time PBA Best Import Allen Durham proved to be a big thorn for Filipino ace Thirdy Ravena and his teammates as Niigata Albirex BB scored an 86-79 road win over San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Thirdy in B.League All-Star Game

San-En NeoPhoenix standout Thirdy Ravena has been chosen to be part of the B. League All-Star Game set Jan. 15-16 in Mito, Japan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 15th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena well after testing positive for COVID-19 in Japan

Ravena, who is playing as an import for Japan B. League club San-En NeoPhoenix, provided an update on social media a day after news broke out of his infection......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

TNT coach Bong Ravena on being far away from coronavirus-stricken Thirdy: Mahirap kung sa mahirap

Thirdy, serving as Filipino import for San-En NeoPhoenix in the Japan B. League, had gotten better since then. He assured his fast recovery soon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena tests positive for COVID-19, says Japan team

Thirdy Ravena, who is currently part of a professional basketball league in Japan, has tested positive for COVID-19, his team announced Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

Impresibong home debut ni Thirdy sa San-En sinira ni Hashimoto

JAPAN – Sinira ni Takuya Hashimoto ang magandang home debut ni Thirdy Ravena matapos nitong pangunahan sa panalo ang Osaka Evessa para talunin ang San-En NeoPhoenix, 85-84, sa 2020-21 B.League sa Toyohashi City General Gymnasium. Nalusutan ni Hashimoto ang depensa ni Ravena para maisalpak ang go-ahead layup sa harap ni Stevan Jelovac habang may natitira […] The post Impresibong home debut ni Thirdy sa San-En sinira ni Hashimoto appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020