Kiefer on missing free throws: I should not be thinking anything else
Philip Matel on Mar 14, 2018 11:27 PM
Rookie Kiefer Ravena acknowledged that some of the pressure exerted by the semifinals is slowly creeping up to him.
NLEX Road Warriors rookie guard Kiefer Ravena vows to take his free throw woes against Magnolia against himself, and start focusing more when taking them as they prepare for Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semis against the Magnolia Hotshots on Friday.
The two-time UAAP MVP shot 6-of-16 from the field, a dismal 1-of-6 from three, and missed five shots from the line, including some in crunch time.
Ravena is not blaming anyone else but himself, and acknowledged that some of the pressure exerted by the semifinals is slowly creeping up to him.
"Nawawala ka sa focus, nawawala ka sa moment. Yun ang hindi pwede mawala. Kung free throw, yun lang iisipin mo. You cant be thinking about the scoreboard, thinking about the next play, siguro it comes with the pressure with the semifinals…. I am a rookie," Ravena said after the game.
He then added that he will try clearing out his mind once practice rolls along tomorrow before going to battle again the day after.
For NLEX, a franchise that has reached the Philippine Cup semis for the first time, the leading Rookie of the Year candidate pointed out the calmness of their veteran opponents in the clutch, lamenting that they controlled that part of the game like many times before.
"Naalaagan na nila yung lead. Medyo kahit papano nung nagrrun kami, they would make their free throws or score. Medyo mahirap yung ganung ano pag dating sa dulo," Ravena said.
"For a team like Magnoloa, medyo mahirap yun pag lumamang sila, kaya nilang alagaan talaga. So for us, just keep it close."
As they are set to joust again for Game 4 on Friday, which his coach Yeng Guiao called a "make-or-break" game for them, Ravena noted that they need to take advantage the situation gives them, much like how the team took the cudgels from from the stunned Magnolia team that had lost veteran Marc Pingris to a season-ending ACL tear.
"[We] just have to take care of business come Friday and nothing more important than the game on Friday. We lost our advantage that first game. Period of adjustments. 24 hours. Go back to battle."
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