Kiefer shines in PBA debut as NLEX survives Kia
Paul Lintag on Dec 20, 2017 06:46 PM
Ravena scored a team-high 18 points on 63 percent shooting from the field. He also had 12 assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. Not a bad PBA debut for the Phenom.
It took Kiefer Ravena exactly one game to show that he belongs in the PBA.
The Phenom led a balanced NLEX attack and the Road Warriors picked up their first win in the 2017-2018 Philippine Cup following a tough 119-115 decision over the Kia Picanto Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.
Ravena scored a team-high 18 points on 63 percent shooting from the field. He also had 12 assists, seven rebounds, and two steals.
"It was exactly what we expected, it was a hard-earned win for us. They shot really well, especially in the first half," head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"I don't know if they were shooting well or we were playing bad defense in the first half," he added.
True enough, the Picanto took control early with their torrid shooting from beyond the arc, taking a 13-point lead in the first half.
And while the Road Warriors would respond in bursts, Kia still had mutltiple 10-point leads in the second half until NLEX's more balanced offense won the day.
Eight players scored in double figures for the Road Warriors led by Ravena. Kevin Alas and Michael Miranda added 14 apiece. Alex Mallari was good for 13 over his former team while veteran gunner Larry Fonacier scored 12, including a four-point play with 1:06 to go that broke a 113-all deadlock.
For Kia, Eric Camson led the way with a game-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy, acquired from San Miguel in that much-maligned trade for the no. 1 overall pick, added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
NLEX 119 - Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quiñahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.
KIA 115 - Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.
Quarters: 36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115.
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