Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros
Alvin Laqui on Jan 18, 2018 08:53 PM
"I think itís a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and heís doing well." -- Alex Cabagnot on super rookie Kiefer Ravena.
After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA.
The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more.
So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there.
But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday.
Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with.
“He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.”
Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia.
While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad.
“I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared.
What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.
“Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said.
This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career.
“I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said.