Rafi Reavis and defense will always go together

Paul Lintag on Mar 23, 2018 11:10 PM
Rafi Reavis and defense will always go together
With the Hotshots holding on to a two-point lead with 2.2 seconds to go in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday, Reavis disrupted San Miguel's final offensive possession to make sure Magnolia completed a comeback from 20 points down.

Rafi Reavis continues to be a reliable defensive force for Magnolia.

With the Hotshots holding on to a two-point lead with 2.2 seconds to go in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Friday, Reavis disrupted San Miguel's final offensive possession to make sure Magnolia completed a comeback from 20 points down.

Rafi first tipped the in the inbound pass to foil the Beermen's first option and after Arwind Santos picked the ball up to shoot a game-tying jumper, Reavis was there too to block the shot.

Game over and Magnolia now has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7.

"We just stuck to our principle, which is defense. We never stop playing defense until the last second of the game," Reavis said.

"Whether they're up 10 and we're down 10, we just have to stick to what we know best and that's defense. I think that's what pulled us through tonight," he added.

Reavis finished with six points, nine rebounds, and three blocks for Magnolia in Game 1.

With Marc Pingris out due to an ACL injury, it's on Reavis and the remaining Magnolia bigs to hold the fort for the Hotshots.

"No matter who's there or who's not there, we have a saying that it's just the next man up. Ping is a big part of our organization, he's a big part of what we do here, but that's wy we have other guys in uniform ready to perform the task," he said.

"It's a big weight on our shoulders but going into the season we knew that anything could happen. We accept the challenge no matter what," Reavis added.

 


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