PBA: Panic isn’t the option for Kiefer Ravena and NLEX
Santino Honasan on May 16, 2018 10:43 PM
“Hindi naman pwede mag-panic. Kailangan lang talaga trabahuin, siguro sense of urgency, more than panic,” - Kiefer Ravena
Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum, the NLEX Road Warriors absorbed their fourth loss in five contests following a 116-94 defeat at the hands of Globalport.
The loss sends them down to tenth place in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings.
What’s more is that it’s their third double digit loss so far in the conference.
With six games left in the tournament, is it time for the Road Warriors to push the panic button?
Nay, says rookie guard Kiefer Ravena.
For him panic is never the option.
“Hindi naman pwede mag-panic. Kailangan lang talaga trabahuin, siguro sense of urgency, more than panic,” said Ravena, who led the way for NLEX with 24 points five rebounds.
Ravena added that when you panic, you tend to lose control and end up making things even worse.
“Pag panic kasi hindi mo na alam yung ginagawa mo minsan eh.”
“We still have to be in control, we still have to be at the top of our minds and still think of the things that we did during our first win, and last conference, All-Filipino Cup, kung ano yung ginawa namin para makapasok sa semifinals.” Ravena added.
Back in the previous conference, Ravena and NLEX battled their way to the semifinals before getting eliminated by Magnolia in six games.
That very success is what Ravena and the Road Warrriors hope to be able to get back to.
The main difference, Ravena says, is that this conference around, they don’t seem to be enjoying themselves out on the floor.
“I guess we’re trying too hard, we’re not having fun. We want to do so much things and ending up doing and staying away from our system, I guess yun na lang yun.”
Simply put, they’re not doing what they were doing in the last conference, and for Ravena, that’s what they’ll need to figure out during the upcoming time off.
“I’ll put it into context na di na lang namin ginagawa yung ginagawa namin dati, that’s what we have to remember, that’s what we have to find out during this break.”
Ravena and NLEX return to action on May 30th against Blackwater.