"It's not always about making the game-winning shot" --- Kiefer

Paul Lintag on Mar 10, 2018 10:03 PM
Kiefer made all the winning plays for NLEX except he didn't actually made the game-winning shot.

Kiefer Ravena continues to be a clutch performer for NLEX.

In Game 1 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia, Kiefer found a wide open Alex Mallari for the go-ahead triple with 14.4 seconds to go.

In the next Hotshots possession, Ravena secured the defensive rebound and drilled two free throws to push the Road Warriors up four.

And after Magnolia eventually cut the lead to one and ended up forcing a turnover on NLEX's final inbounds play, it was Ravena that made the counter steal for the Road Warriors to seal the win.

All in a day's work for the rookie.

"This is the level where it's not always about making the game-winning shot," Ravena said, who did finish with 16 points for NLEX.

"This is where we suck it in, see who's the best option, look for them and trust them 110 percent," he added.

As NLEX continues to roll in the playoffs, Kiefer says this is no time to celebrate.

If the Road Warriors are to continue advancing, they'll have to quickly move on to the next game.

"Siyempre, mabigat yung panalo na ganun momentum wise but we can't celebrate too much," Ravena said.

"We have a game on Monday rin, we have to recover and rest. This series doesn’t end in one game and just savor the moment and the opportunity that we were able to get in Game 1," he added.

 


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