Gusto kong umuwi sa Pilipinas --- Kiefer Ravena
Mark Escarlote on Jun 14, 2015 09:53 PM
Malaking bagay yung kompiyansa na ibinibigay pa rin sa akin ang bola sa dulo --- Kiefer Ravena
SINGAPORE --- “Gusto kong umuwi ng Pilipinas.”
Fearing the ire of the basketball crazy nation if they miss a trip to the gold medal round, Kiefer Ravena took matters on his own hands in the last 16.2 seconds remaining to rescue the Gilas cadets – and the honor of the Filipinos – from the hands of a historic upset reared by Thailand in the semifinals of the men’s basketball competition in the 28th Southeast Asian Games Sunday night.
Ravena drilled the game-winning three-pointer to put out the fight from the Thais to escape with a cardiac 80-75 win to book the first slot in the championship round.
“I think just with the confidence, yung kompiyansa na ibinibigay ng coaching staff, teammates ko sa akin,” said Ravena. “Malaking bagay yung kompiyansa na ibinibigay pa rin sa akin ang bola sa dulo. It’s a team win.”
Protecting a slim 76-75 lead in the final 34 seconds, Ravena found an open spot in Thailand’s choking defense and unleashed the trifecta that gave the large Filipino crowd inside the OCBC Arena Hall 1 a sigh of relief after 39 and a half hellish minutes.
Ravena, who finished with 12 points, said that he is not 100% healthy, sighting that he is nursing a back injury. Find out more here:
The Ateneo De Manila star, who can write history as the winningest cager in the SEA Games history after grabbing the previous two editions’ mints, said that though they are a young team facing a squad composed of ASEAN Basketball League players they also have the experience of closing out tight ball games.
Ravena and the Gilas cadets will face in the Finals on Monday at 8:00 p.m. the winner between Singapore and Indonesia, still playing as of posting.
The Philippines have not missed a gold medal round ever in the biennial meet. The only time the PHI lost in the finals was in the 1989 Kuala Lumpur Games against Malaysia.
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