Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena no longer qualified for individual awards

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 17, 2018 07:17 PM
Ateneo's Ravena no longer qualified for individual awards
Thirdy Ravena will not be part of the Mythical Team for the first time in three years

Thirdy Ravena will not be making his third consecutive Mythical Team in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Due to his one-game suspension, the Ateneo de Manila University forward has already been taken out of contention in the MVP race.

This, because, according to the league’s house rule, a suspension disqualifies a player from any individual awards.

Asked if such is still true, a UAAP official who requested anonymity answered, “Yes, I believe so,” the official said.

Ravena incurred a one-game suspension for what he appeared to do to the University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio last Saturday.

In that game, he was not called for any foul, but after replay reviews post-game, it was found that he threw a closed fist at Desiderio.

As such, the league has meted out to him a one-game suspension, which he would serve in his team’s game against Far Eastern University on Saturday.

After the first round of eliminations, the third-year Blue Eagle is tied for 14th-place in terms of Statistical Points (SPs).

Even so, based on his talent and his team’s status as a contender, it would not be far-fetched to think that he could very well make a push into the top five.

With Ravena’s one-game suspension and the UAAP’s house rules, however, if ever such scenario happens, he would no longer be getting an award.

That means that unlike in Season 79 and Season 80, he would not be hoisting any trophies at the end of the elimination round.

In the same light, other players who have been levied one-game suspensions such as Adamson University’s Keith Zaldivar, Far Eastern University’s Arvin Tolentino, and the University of the Philippines Javi Gomez de Liano have been disqualified from any individual awards.


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