Reavis emerging as Star's hero in Manila Clasico
Paul Lintag on Feb 18, 2017 08:03 AM
Proving that he does have a lot left in his tank, the veteran big man came through for Star in the Manila Clasico semifinals, giving his team a crucial 3-2 lead in a race to four.
Throw it back to one decade ago because Rafi Reavis is out there winning playoff games.
Proving that he does have a lot left in his tank, the veteran big man came through for Star in the Manila Clasico semifinals, giving his team a crucial 3-2 lead in a race to four Friday.
Coming off the bench, Reavis accounted for 17 points and 13 rebounds, anchoring the Hotshots to a big Game 5 victory over Brgy. Ginebra, restoring order of the series in favor of San Miguel corporation's crown jewel.
This latest performance of Reavis is now on top of his Game 2 heroics when he came up with a couple of big time offensive rebounds and the free throws that sealed the win for the Hotshots.
If you're surprised how on Earth is Reavis still producing at this stage of his career, then don't.
The 39-year-old veteran is merely doing what he's been doing all this time, it just so happen that stats are coming on the most crucial of times.
"That's what I'm always trying to do. Just be a leader, trying to do what's needed. I don't really care about the points, the only thing that matters is the W. However that comes, I'll go with it," the 10-time PBA champion said.
"I'm not surprised at all. That's me, that's the way I play. Sometimes you get a lot of points, sometimes you don't," Reavis added.
On the verge of making it back to the Philippine Cup Finals, or any PBA Finals for that matter, for the first time since their Grand Slam season, Reavis understands the magnitude of Game 6 that is coming on Sunday.
That's why he's reminding everybody that the series is not over yet. No, not when you have Tim Cone on the other side scheming and working on a counterattack.
"We have to buy into that same mindset come Game 6 and repeat what we did today," Reavis said.
"It's going to be tough. We understand that coach Tim is very good with adjustments. We just have to prepare nad be ready for the next game," he added.
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