Things donít always go your way -- Ravena on Ateneo's tough loss

Things donít always go your way -- Ravena on loss
Sayang lang na sa endgame pa nangyari yun pero props to La Salle they played really good and they didnít give up -- Thirdy Ravena on Ateneo's last two-minute collapse

Thirdy Ravena doesn’t want to dwell on Ateneo de Manila University’s end of 80th UAAP men’s basketball tournament elimination round loss to defending champion De La Salle University. 

The Blue Eagles came two and a half minutes close to swooping straight to the Finals before the Green Archers came in to spoil the party

Yes, it was a painful loss but the boys from Katipunan accepted it, dusted themselves immediately and are not setting their sights on the Final Four against Far Eastern University.     

“Part of the game, you know that. That happens talaga, sometimes it doesn’t go your way,” said Ravena after Ateneo’s 76-79 loss Sunday at the Big Dome that snapped the Blue Eagles’ 13-game winning streak. 

“OK lang I mean it’s the reality.  Things don’t always go your way, when it doesn’t you just have to do something about it,” he added.

The Blue Eagles were up 76-69 with 2:21 remaining in the match before going down with a stinging dry spell that silenced the sea of blue.

Ben Mbala sparked DLSU’s rampage before Kib Montalbo drilled the go-ahead top of the key turnaround jumper over the outstretched hands of Anton Asistio as the Green Archers took a 77-76 lead.

A good stop by DLSU on the other end followed by two free throws by Ricci Rivero with 8.9 ticks remaining in the duel stretched the gap to three.

Ateneo had enough time to duplicate their 76-75 win over their archrivals in the first round.

But DLSU had a different script in mind.   

Asistio was able to get Abu Tratter up in the air with fake on top of the arc but Rivero has there to deflect his three-point attempt as the Green Archers escaped with an all-important win.

“Sayang lang na sa endgame pa nangyari yun pero props to La Salle they played really good and they didn’t give up,” said Ravena, who led Ateneo with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. “Props to Big Ben also, he came out and he looked like a man possessed. It happens you just got to bounce back.”

And by bouncing back, he meant by finishing the Tamaraws on Sunday and marching back to the Finals. 

 

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