UAAP Finals: The team deserves that award -- Ravena on Finals MVP
The reward isn't like, for me, the team deserves that award -- Thirdy Ravena
Thirdy Ravena played his heart out in Game 3 of the championship series and was rewarded with the Finals Most Valuable Player award after Ateneo de Manila University dethroned archrival De La Salle University to claim the 80th UAAP men’s basketball title Sunday.
But the third-year guard was quick to deflect all the credit.
“Well I guess I don't know. The reward isn't like, for me, the team deserves that award,” said Ravena, who scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds with four assists and three steals in Ateneo’s title-clinching 88-86 win at the Big Dome.
“They all deserve the championship. I'm just doing my job,” added Ravena, who helped the Blue Eagles end a five-year title drought. “I'm not doing anything special.”
Ravena averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals during the series that went the full distance.
The younger brother of former Ateneo star Kiefer gave credit to his crew for all the glory.
“We're doing the same job. I'm doing the same job as Vince (Tolentino), Matt (Nieto), Ice (Go), (Chiz) Ikeh, and everyone in the team. Even those players you don't really see on the court,” he said.
“They're with us in practice every single day. They've been with us in the journey, the student managers, even the ball boys.”
“We all exerted the same effort. I just want to congratulate my team because that award, it's not possible if it weren't for all of us working together,” said Ravena.
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