Ravena, Ateneo step up to next level in PBA D-League

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 12, 2019 06:55 PM
Ravena, Ateneo step up to next level in PBA D-League
Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo will be put to the test by 19 other teams in the biggest-ever PBA D-League

Bar none, Ateneo de Manila University is the most formidable collegiate team in all of the country.

The Blue Eagles just proved that in the recently concluded 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions Leage where they dispatched NCAA champion San Beda University and then dominated CESAFI titlist University of the Visayas.

Now, the kings of the UAAP take on their toughest test yet as they will do battle with 19 other teams in the 2019 PBA D-League.

Even so, Thirdy Ravena says that he and Ateneo, backed by Cignal for this tournament, are only looking forward to see how their fare in the next level of competition. “I can't wait for the competition kasi bagong experience yun, bagong level, bagong platform for all of us, not just for me but the whole team,” he said.

 He then continued, “I can't wait to play in the D-League.”

Ravena, the UAAP 81 Finals MVP, will still have Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame and court general Matt Nieto flanking him. Even more, that championship core lost only Anton Asistio.

Still, nobody will be backing down from Cignal-Ateneo, especially as AMA, Batangas-EAC, Che'Lu, Family Mart-Enderun, Go for Gold-CSB, McDavid, Petron-Letran, St. Clare-Virtual Reality, and UST are all nothing but determined to stop them in the Aspirants Group.

On the other hand, waging war in the Foundation Group will be CEU, Chadao-FEU, Diliman College-Gerry's Grill, Marinerong Pilipino, Metropac-San Beda, Perpetual, SMDC-National U, The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity, Valencia Bukidnon-Baste, and Wangs.

The biggest PBA D-League tips off on Thursday in Pasig’s Ynares Arena with Cignal-Ateneo taking on Go for Gold-CSB at 2:00 PM and Marineron Pilipino duelling Valencia-Baste at 4:00 PM.

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