Perasol on Kiefer-centric offense: "Ang importante ay may mga susunod”

Tricia Robredo on Sep 13, 2015 09:59 AM
Ravena led Ateneo once again in scoring, but this time got ample support from other Blue Eagles.

The opening loss against the FEU Tamaraws on Sunday shattered what amount of confidence the Ateneo Blue Eagles had coming into the season. This was according to head coach Bo Perasol, who took the blame for the squad’s 24-point loss.

“Medyo nabasag talaga yung kumpyansa after FEU. Walang ibang sisishin kapag talo kundi ang coach. Hindi ko siguro sila na-prepare mentally well. But my job is to make sure that they will bounce back,” said Perasol.

Although the Katipunan boys were off to a questionable and passive start, they were able to pull away in the second half, raining threes and leading the Falcons to as much as eighteen points in the third quarter alone. The Eagles capped off today with their first win, 84-60, with reigning MVP Kiefer Ravena as player of the game.

Ravena has been doing most of the damage in the past two meetings and it concerned a lot people, saying that the Phenom can’t do it all alone.

During his post-game interview, however, Perasol mentioned that he likes it better when their offense is Kiefer-centric. But he also quickly added, “ang importante ay may mga susunod.”

Today, rookie Aaron Black provided just that for Ateneo.

“When the starting five came out, we (the bench) talked among ourselves and said that whoever comes out, first, second or last, just be ready. We have to help out the starting five after what happened last week. It would make us harder to scout,” said Aaron.

The young Black also mentioned that what he and his teammates talked about in the huddle was some sort of an echo of his father’s pre-game reminders. “He called all the way from the States last night and told me to come out with a lot of energy, to play defense and to just let the offense come to me.”

Being a son of the legendary Norman Black, who delivered five back-to-back titles for Ateneo, is a positive thing for Aaron. “It’s what drives to me play well to live up to what he did,” he shared. After today’s showing, he surely made the Pops proud.

“For a rookie to play like that on his first game – Aaron stepped up to the challenge. He provided a good spark that ignited the run. Give credit to where credit is due,” added Ravena.

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