Kiefer Ravena now 1-0 against Jeron Teng as coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 23, 2018 07:04 PM
Kiefer Ravena now 1-0 against Jeron Teng as coach
Jeron Teng will need to wait a while before getting a chance to get back at Kiefer Ravena - in a coaching duel

Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng have long been pitted against each other as main men for Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, respectively.

And when they got to the PBA, they were again serendipitously matched up with one another in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with Ravena in NLEX and Teng in Alaska.

Now, even in the NBTC, they two remain very much entangled.

Ravena called the shots for Team Dedication while Teng was the tactician for Team Passion in the 2018 NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game on Friday at the MOA Arena.

In the end, Ravena’s squad got the better of Teng’s, 91-89.

And in the end, Kiefer had a leg up on Jeron – in their first-ever coaching showdown. “Malaking bagay ‘to, siyempre. Kung sino mas magaling na player, mahaba-habang debate pa yun,” the former said.

He then continued, “Pero at least ngayon, ako, mas magaling mag-coach.”

For his part, Teng took the loss in stride and said he will just try for a bounce back in the next edition of the event. “Next year, magko-coach ulit ako rito,” he said.

Whatever the result, both PBA rookies were nothing but impressed with the young talent from the provinces. “Maraming tumatak sa akin. (Kevin) Barranco, (Harold) Alarcon, (Marc) Angcap. Sayang lang, talo kami,” Jeron said.

Ravena had the same thoughts about the wealth of talent in the Philippines. “Yung Rap Dimayuga, (Shawn) Algire, (James) Barrera, at Ryan Cruz, yun yung naging pandiin na lima ko. I’m very glad we pulled off the victory,” he remarked.

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