Ravena on UE’s Batiller: “He’s good”
Anthony Divinagracia on Sep 22, 2015 06:46 PM
“He has a lot of potential. He’s the catalyst of UE. We’re fortunate enough to probably cut his minutes because of his foul trouble." - Ravena
Rising star Bon Batiller has just gained a new admirer.
No less than reigning MVP Kiefer Ravena heaped praises on the first-year combo guard from UE after their squads met last Saturday.
“Magaling yung bata,” said the Ateneo star who chalked up a near triple-double of 15 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists as the Eagles tripped the Warriors, 77-72.
“He has a lot of potential. He’s the catalyst of UE. We’re fortunate enough to probably cut his minutes because of his foul trouble. Every time he’s inside nagru-run yung UE e.”
To which Batiller replied: “Salamat pero mas magaling siya. Matagal na siya nandito tapos MVP pa siya. Two years champion pa siya.”
With Batiller sitting down after picking up his fourth foul 17 seconds into the third, the Eagles erected their biggest lead, 52-35, at the 7:45 mark on Von Pessumal’s fourth triple.
Batiller felt helpless on the other end as he remained nailed to the bench heading into the fourth quarter.
“Gusto ko na pumasok talaga. Kaso hindi talaga pwede e. Sobrang haba pa ng oras,” said the former Holy Trinity College standout who led UE with 19 points, four rebounds, and three steals despite playing for just 23 minutes.
Yet it could have been a different story had the General Santos City native spent more time guarding Pessumal and Ravena.
“Sila talaga ang tututukan ko sa depensa, mga wing. Kaya din kami natalo kasi ‘di naman na-execute yung choke (defense) namin. Tapos si Pessumal tumatama pa yung three-points niya.”
Despite his newcomer status, Batiller is already considered one of the leaders of a young UE team. But the 21-year old Business Management sophomore played it modestly.
“Lahat naman kami pwedeng maging leader dito. Walang rookie, walang veteran, walang bata, walang matanda. Para manalo kami, lahat dapat may mai-contribute.”
And to that Ateneo coach Bo Perasol left a warning of sorts: “With their main player Batiller playing that way, it’s just a matter of time.”