Shooting 0/10 in Game 2, Ravena admits pressure got to him
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 08, 2016 11:55 AM
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. Thirdy Ravena was not able to do Thirdy Ravena things in the Finals.
Ateneo de Manila University made the Finals of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament on the strength of total team effort.
Still, the Blue Eagles had a singular top talent in the form of Thirdy Ravena.
With per game counts of 9.9 points in 42 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists, the second-year forward was a deserving inclusion into the Mythical Team.
Reacting to his individual award, Ravena said, “To be honest, I didn’t really expect this. I don’t even know how I got Mythical Five by scoring less than 10 a game.”
Come the Finals, however, the 19-year-old averaged less than points a game and wasn’t getting anything out of it – and in turn, Ateneo wasn’t getting anything out of it.
Norming just 5.5 points in 11 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.5 turnovers, Ravena was the missing man as the Eagles got swept by their archrivals. He hit rock bottom by missing all of his 10 field goals and only contributing three points and seven rebounds in Game 2.
Showing maturity, however, the second-generation star owned up to his shortcomings. “To be honest, parang (in) shock ako sa game. I was kinda pressured and I admit na kasalanan ko naman na na-pressure ako,” he said.
Ravena went on to say that he got stage fright on the biggest stage he has ever been on – the Finals against De La Salle University. “This is the biggest platform I ever played in. Napunta yun sa utak ko tapos na-affect yung game ko,” he shared.
He then continued, “I have no excuse, nagkulang talaga ako kanina.”
In the end, the Mythical selection said to just charge this to experience. “I really tried and this is a good lesson. Hopefully, next year it won’t happen again,” he said.
More than that, Ravena said his struggles shouldn’t undersell Ateneo’s overachieving in the season. “We fell short, but I’m still proud of the team. We’re gonna come back stronger next year,” he expressed.
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