PBA: Christmas a little gloomy for Kiefer after NLEX blows top seed with 3OT loss

Paul Lintag on Nov 28, 2019 02:53 PM
Christmas a little gloomy for Kiefer after NLEX’s 3OT loss
The top-ranked Road Warriors started the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with an 8-1 record but lost four straight games, three to Northport, as they flamed out of the quarterfinals. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

Kiefer Ravena’s PBA return and NLEX’s dream conference ended in nightmare.

The top-ranked Road Warriors started the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup with an 8-1 record but lost four straight games, three of them to Northport, as they flamed out of the quarterfinals.

In the final do-or-die game against the Batang Pier Wednesday, the Road Warriors lost a triple-overtime classic.

“Sayang talo. Wala eh, ganun talaga,” Ravena said.

“I guess hindi ganoon kasaya ang Pasko. But sabi nga ni coach Yeng, this game will make us better and stronger in the future,” he added.

By virtue of being the no. 1 seed, NLEX earned a twice-to-beat advantage against the Batang Pier to start the playoffs.

Turns out even that playoff bonus wasn’t enough to advance. Still, Kiefer says the Road Warriors had their chances, especially during the triple-overtime classic Wednesday.

NLEX just couldn’t cash in.

“We’re proud that we fought that way,” Ravena said.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m proud of my guys. We we’re no. 1 but sadly we couldn’t finish the goal. But then again, we learn from this,” he added.

 

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