Thirdy’s more than just the ‘other’ Ravena

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 31, 2016 05:17 PM
Thirdy’s more than just the ‘other’ Ravena
RUN YOUR RACE. Thirdy Ravena isn't worrying himself about living up to the family name.

Thirdy Ravena will be back for Ateneo de Manila University in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And according to him, the academic issues and the succeeding disciplinary action imposed by the school are far in the rearview mirror. “It feels good to be back. I’ve been working so hard since being out for a year,” he expressed.

Known as a scorer with hyper athleticism back when he terrorized the Juniors division, the younger Ravena said he is set to bring something entirely different to the table upon his return. As he put it, “I will do the little things. I’m just trying to fill in whatever we need.”

Indeed, the Blue Eagles, even with the loss of longtime cornerstones Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal, aren’t rushing their returnee into putting them on his shoulders. “We’re not asking him to be the de facto leader. We’re asking him to help in whatever way he can,” assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said

That’s not stopping Ravena from already doing his part in leading the fledgling squad. “Actually, being a good leader is doing what you can to help everyone around you be better,” he said.

However, the incoming second-year player was quick to clarify that he’s far from trying to replace kuya Kiefer or even just regaining the form that made him the top recruit coming out of high school. “I’m not trying to prove myself to anyone,” he said with conviction.

Arrespacochaga could only agree with the sentiments of his ward. “I think it’s very easy to pinpoint Thirdy because of his pedigree, but of course, Kiefer is a different player. What I think is that he’s not gonna shy away from the pressure and I think he’s actually looking forward to it,” he said.

After all, the Thirdy who’s returning to the Ateneo nest is a more mature Thirdy who knows very well the value of time. Asked what his biggest takeaway from his one-year hiatus was, he responded, “I learned to be patient. I couldn’t do anything about it anymore when they said na ‘di ako makakalaro so what I did was just work hard.”

He then continued, “I just used it as an opportunity to better myself.”

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