We'll come back stronger -- Ravena after DLSU whipping
Mark Escarlote on Oct 02, 2016 08:35 PM
Importante lang ngayon we work on our weaknesses in this game and come back stronger sa second round as we have one more try (against them) --- Thirdy Ravena
If Ateneo de Manila University star Thirdy Ravena would have it his way, he hopes the Blue Eagles will put the terrible whipping they absorbed against archrival De La Salle University behind.
The Loyola-based squad were beaten black and blue by the Green Archers, 97-81, Sunday to close the first round of eliminations in the 79th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Hopefully wala kasi, I mean, it's done, it's history,” said Ravena, who late in the third quarter was standing a couple of feet in front of Ben Mbala when the Cameroonian DLSU import rocked the rim with a monstrous slam dunk from a lob pass by Thomas Torres.
“Importante lang ngayon we work on our weaknesses in this game and come back stronger sa second round as we have one more try (against them),” added Ravena, who scored 11 points and hauled down 11 rebounds but committed seven turnovers.
The beginning of the end for the Blue Eagles started in the middle quarters, especially in the second canto, when DLSU broke wide open a 20-20 tie in the opening period with a 33-16 spurt.
“Well we prepared for them by trying not to give them offensive rebounds and turning the ball over because that's where they get most of their points,” said Ravena. “But instead, kung ano ‘yung tinrabaho namin, ‘yun din ‘yung hindi namin nagawa, so parang medyo nakaka-frustrate lang. Pero wala, it happens.”
The Taft-based squad forced the Blue Eagles to commit 30 turnovers that DLSU converted to 33 points with the Green Archers picking Ateneo’s pocket 17 times.
Ravena admitted that DLSU’s chocking defense made life difficult for them but it was also partly their fault letting the Green Spikers embarrass them in front of a large weekend crowd.
“Well it's a mix,” he said. “Sometimes pangit ‘yung pasa namin, sometimes maii-steal, so it's really about trying to deduct what we can do na para hindi ma-turnover ‘yung bola.”
“So right now we have to work on our passing kasi 'yun ang pwede naming i-eliminate and ‘yung decisions namin sa press nila,” Ravena added.
The Blue Eagles closed the round with a 4-3 record and will have a few days to prepare for the second phase of the eliminations.
“Probably better than what people expected. I don't think they expected a 4-3 from us,” he said. “I'm actually pretty okay with our result. Not a good way to finish the second round, but it's pretty good, it's okay.”
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