Ateneo's Ravena: ‘I’m not ready to hear G-Boy’s final speech’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 06, 2016 03:52 PM
Ravena: ‘I’m not ready to hear G-Boy’s final speech’
NOT TODAY, NOT TOMORROW. Thirdy Ravena wants nothing more than to extend for just a little longer the time in blue and white of graduating player G-Boy Babilonia.

Ateneo de Manila University has a few more surprises up its sleeve.

That is, if Thirdy Ravena is to be believed.

“Not everyone expected us to reach this far, pero yun lang ang ginawa namin. Lumaban lang kami and binigay namin ang sarili namin para sa mga teammates namin,” he said.

Ravena was referring to preseason projections that the Blue Eagles will have a hard time making the Final Four. Instead, they flew high all the way to the second-seed on the back of a six-game winning streak in the second round that included convincing victories versus now-dethroned champion Far Eastern University and archrival De La Salle University.

And that is exactly why, down 0-1 in the best-of-three Finals against the Green Archers, Ateneo remains determined. As the second-year forward expressed, “I don’t want to lose. I’m not ready to hear G-Boy’s final speech in the dugout, I’m not ready to go the training camp once again.”

He then continued, “I just want to win.”

Team captain G-Boy Babilonia is the lone graduating player of Katipunan.

To grant an extension to the pair’s stint as Eagles, Ravena said the whole squad needs to overcome their youth. “I don’t want to use it as an excuse, pero feel ko, maybe because we’re young so ‘di kami sanay na ganito kalaking laro ang lalaruin namin,” he said.

Fortunately for Ateneo, a certain player who knows a thing or two about big games had some reminders for them. Sharing what kuya Kiefer told him, Thirdy said, “Sabi niya na wag lang ako ma-overwhelm and just enjoy the game. Pero parang baliktad yung nagawa ko.”

He then continued, “But we’ll bounce back next game. We’ll do better.”

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