Ravena learns the hard way about use of mouthguards

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2016 07:37 PM
Ravena learns the hard way about use of mouthguards
LESSON LEARNED. Thirdy Ravena may be thinking about adding mouthguards to his gameday get up from now on.

Thirdy Ravena’s return to the UAAP went according to plan.

Not only did the second-year player register a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double in his first big-league game in two years, he also stood inside the winner’s circle along with the rest of Ateneo de Manila University to end Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Well, it went according to plan except for that one instance when he took a while to get up after getting elbowed right on the mouth by University of Sto. Tomas’ Louie Vigil.

It was inadvertent, of course, and the aftermath was, in no way, serious, but Ravena still admitted after the game that he needed something to take the pain away. “Right now, nilagyan ng pang-numb so I can’t feel my mouth,” he shared.

As it turns out, something else could have lessened, if not negated, the hurt from the shot the Blue Eagle took on the mouth. “The funny thing is, binigyan ako ng mouthpiece before the game, pero ‘di ko sinuot,” he said.

He then continued, “Alam ko na ngayon bakit ako binigyan ng mouthpiece.”

Nonetheless, Ravena said the pain still wouldn’t come close to overcoming the joy he felt being back in the UAAP. As he expressed, “It feels good to play once again for the school and the community.”

The former Juniors MVP promised the Katipunan faithful that this was only the beginning for him and his team. “I’m not content. Our focus is on the next game again,” he said.

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