With Far Eastern University battling back from a deficit of as much as 13 and tying the tally inside the last two minutes on Wednesday, Ateneo de Manila University, of course, called for one name: Ravena.
No, not Kiefer.
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Off a timeout, the Blue Eagles moved the ball three times before finally finding Ravena who had sealed his man down the basket. From there, it was easy pickings for him.
The 19-year-old would then add three more points to connive with Anton Asistio in the 10-5 run that sealed the deal on Ateneo’s second win in three games. In all, he scored five of his 17 points in the last two minutes.
However, Ravena was quick to clarify that he was far from being Katipunan’s newly-anointed go-to-guy. As he put it, “I just felt that I needed to do what I had to do.”
Staying humble, the second-year swingman deflected all credit back to his coaches and his teammates. “Everyone poured out their whole effort. That’s why we were able to get the win,” he said.
Indeed, the Eagles showcased big-time balance of their own up against the Tamaraws who have made team effort their trademark. They counted six players who contributed at least seven points – all led by Ravena.
In the end, however, the former Juniors MVP’s quick rebound was nothing but a welcome development for Katipunan. Following a dismal two-point performance the last time around, he already tripled that in the first quarter alone.
Asked what changed from then to now, Ravena answered, “Yung mentality ko coming into the game, relaxed lang. Yun lang kasi once we stick to the system, the game’s gonna come to you.”
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