Thirdy Ravena and San-En could not pull off an upset, bowing to Ryukyu, 80-85, in the 2020-21 B.League Season, Wednesday evening at the Toyohashi City General Gymnasium.
Ravena split his charities with 1:40 left, giving NeoPhoenix a 77-76 lead. However, Dwayne Evans was able to score on his freebies on the other end.
However, three turnovers by San-En wasted their chances, leading to the Golden Kings gaining an 83-77 lead.
Ravena had 15 points built on three triples with two boards.
San-En missed Kyle Hunt in the contest since he was dealing with a nagging injury.
Stevan Jelovac paced San-En anew with 22 points, while Hayato Kawashima added 15 markers.
San-En dropped to 12-43.
Evans powered Ryukyu to a 38-11 slate with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and seven dimes, while Jack Cooley added 10 points and 10 boards.
Narito Namizato and Keita Imamura chipped 19 and 15 points, respectively.
San-En looks to bounce back when it faces Shinshu at White Ring Arena this weekend.