STARBOY. Reavis not going anywhere for the Hotshots
Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2017 09:55 PM
"I got a lot left in the tank, man. A lot left." --- Rafi Reavis.
Lost in the Manila Clasico hype was Rafi Reavis off all people emerging as the hero for Star in the Hotshots' Game 2 win over Ginebra Saturday to take a commaning 2-0 series lead.
Sure, Reavis only managed nine points and five rebounds in almost 32 minutes of play but the 15-year PBA veteran was absolutely terrific down the stretch.
For one, it was Reavis that made the two clutch free throws with seven seconds to go that finally put the Gin Kings away.
Before that, he grabbed two crucial offensive rebounds, the latter coming in with 13 seconds left, that kept Star's possessions alive, denying Ginebra a chance to tie or take the lead.
Reavis' incredible play when called upon is just proof of his dedication. And despite playing for the Purefoods franchise since 2009, the 10-time PBA champion has no plans of going anywhere.
"I got a lot left in the tank, man. A lot left. I try to eat right. I do a lot of things right to keep myself going. And I plan to play a whole lot longer," the 39-year-old center said.
"Actually I'm chasing Asi. I've always said, I'm gonna try to play a year after he retires. So he's doing pretty well, it's amazing. That's my barometer," he added, talking about the 43-year-old Asi Taulava.
With the Hotshots matching up with the Gin Kings in a best-of-7, Reavis has been tasked of guarding Ginebra's 6'9" pogo stick Japeth Aguilar.
And despite him still losing the numbers game, Reavis has held his own quite nicely as Star has taken complete control of the series.
"I'm the longest guy on our team. I understand that's my job. So you know, I'm just trying to do the best I can. It's hard, you know. But all I can do is try," he said.
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