Thirdy does exactly what manong Kiefer told him to do

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 11, 2017 08:51 PM
Thirdy does exactly what manong Kiefer told him to do
GOT YOU, BRO! Kiefer Ravena challenged younger brother Thirdy to make his watching live worthwhile.

Thirdy Ravena’s triple with nine ticks to go on the clock spurred Ateneo de Manila University right through archrival De La Salle University on Sunday.

Unable to make much of an impact in the first three quarters, it was the do-it-all forward’s first and only triple that led to the Blue Eagles’ ascent to 3-2 in the preseason.

Modest as always, Ravena deflected all credit back to his coach and his teammates. “Seeing how hard my teammates worked, naisip ko lang na I don’t want to let them down. Sa dami naming pinagdaanan na paghihirap, gagawin ko kung anuman ang kailangan kong gawin,” he said.

He then continued, “Ginawa ko lang yun para sa coaches ko, sa teammates ko, at sa mga nanonood.”

Losing a five-point lead in the last three minutes and finding themselves trailing by one with under 20 seconds to go, head coach Tab Baldwin drew up a play for the incoming third-year player.

And it played to perfection. As Ravena put it, “Ginawa lang ni Tyler yung play ni coach Tab. Tyler did his job very well and buti, sinwerte ako sa three points.”

Of course, the intensity of the rivalry had much to do with Ravena’s big-time basket. “Of course, kung taga-Ateneo o taga-La Salle ka, ‘di mo na kailangan ng extra motivation. Para maglaro sa Ateneo-La Salle, that’s enough motivation,” he expressed.

On a more personal note, however, the now 20-year-old had extra fuel to make good on his golden opportunity – he didn’t want to let his kuya down. “Tinext niya ako na manonood siya. Sabi niya, ‘Galingan mo, manonood ako,’” he shared.

He then continued, “Sabi ko naman, ‘Okay, manong.’”

Elder brother Kiefer was watching the rivalry game in person with good friend Baser Amer.

And in the end, the younger Ravena indeed answered his manong’s call.

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