PBA: Reavis did the dirty work best in Magnolia’s Game 7 win
Paul Lintag on Apr 28, 2019 09:55 PM
Rafi Reavis finished Game 7 with eight points and 20 (!) rebounds.
Game 7 between Rain or Shine and Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was not pretty.
Both teams fought to a 55-all stalemate after four quarters and the game ended in overtime with an unsightly final score of 63-60.
It was the lowest scoring Game 7, lowest scoring overtime game, and lowest scoring playoff game through three quarters in PBA history.
However, there will always be a diamond in the rough and Game 7’s brilliant outing was courtesy of Magnolia center Rafi Reavis.
Sure, Reavis only scored eight points but he had three in overtime, including the clutch floater he hit to give the Hotshots a 61-58 lead with less than two minutes to go.
More importantly, Reavis had 20 huge rebounds, 10 on the offensive end.
In a game where both teams shot 26 percent from the field (ROS at 26.3 percent and Magnolia at 26.2 percent), Rafi giving his team 10 extra possessions was crucial.
“It’s just about effort. It’s gonna boil down to who wanted it more, so those are all effort plays the rebounds, the hussle points. There’s nothing glorious about it,” Reavis said.
“It’s all about who’s gonna do the dirty work better, that’s what this series was about and that’s what it came down to. It’s just the dirty work and that’s what I’m known for doing,” he added.
After overcoming a tough Rain or Shine team, the Hotshots move on to the Finals to once again challenge San Miguel Beer for the All-Filipino title.
Last year, Magnolia lost to the Beermen in five games. This time, Reavis has full confidence in his team that the result will be different.
“Anytime you reach this stage, you feel like you’re equipped,” Reavis said.
“You don’t make it this far without the right pieces. For sure we feel equipped to win this series [vs. SMB],” he added.
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