Ravena thanks the heavens for huge three against NU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 17, 2015 10:55 AM
RISING ABOVE. With his track record, it was actually no surprise that Kiefer Ravena made this huge three that sent the game into overtime.
Kiefer Ravena was shackled all over the Araneta Coliseum all throughout last Wednesday and the defending champions were on the verge of reinforcing their mastery over the reigning MVP.
Paolo Javelona yet again frustrated “The Phenom” into only 10 points nearing the end of four quarters and National University was about to seal their first win until a fortunate defensive stop by Ateneo de Manila University gave their leader one more chance. Ravena took it and, unsurprisingly, did not miss.
With archnemesis Javelona still staring him in the face, the reigning MVP stepped back before rising to launch a three that found the bottom of the net – his first and only made outside shot – and sent the game to overtime. Another extra period later, the Blue Eagles successfully hacked out their second consecutive victory.
Talking about the shot, Ravena described it as “one of the biggest” in his career already filled to the brim with big shots. “As much as possible, we don’t want to be in situations like those, but when you’re put into a situation, you just have to rise above,” he said.
He then continued, “And thank the Lord that after being zero-of-nine from three, He guided the ball inside the hoop.”
Turning into a more concrete explanation, “The Phenom” also credited the relentless trust of his team for always having the heart to take – and more often than not, make – the big shots. “They’re looking at me to be making those types of baskets. I don’t want to let them down.”
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