Thirdy on facing Adamson or UP in UAAP 81 Finals: Kinakabahan ako kahit sino
Danine Cruz on Nov 25, 2018 08:16 PM
"Kinakabahan pa rin ako kahit sino kalaban ko diyan [sa UP or Adamson]."
The Ateneo de Manila University cruised to their third straight UAAP Finals after dominating a familiar semifinals foe in Far Eastern University.
But for the first time in three years, the Blue Eagles will not be facing De La Salle University in the Finals.
The Green Archers were booted out of the Final Four this Season 81 and so, instead, Ateneo will take on either one of the history-seeking teams - Adamson University or the University of the Philippines.
"May the best team [between Adamson and UP] win. It's been a dog fight the last game so we'll see. 'Di naman kami parang pumipili ng kalaban, we're just here to prepare. With the time given to us we just have to better ourselves as indivduals and as a team so right now we're focusing on what is important which is us," said Thirdy Ravena.
"Kinakabahan pa rin ako kahit sino kalaban ko diyan," Ravena added in between laughs.
Assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga was in agreement with Ravena on not favoring any opponent.
"We'll be with you in watching the game intently on Wednesday. Any team, UP [or] Adamson, I think is gonna be tough. Anyone is a formidable opponent in the Finals so let's see what will happen on Wednesday," shared Arespacochaga.
As established, Ateneo is no stranger in playing in the biggest collegiate basketball stage. This season, they will be gunning for their 10th title in UAAP history.
Amid the program's familiarity with the big stage, Ravena noted that the major difference this season is the fact that this is the first time that this batch of Blue Eagles will enter the Finals as defending champions.
"Tulad nang sinasabi nila, it's harder to defend championships than to gain one. We just have to make sure play like we're defending champions," Ravena added, "Never pa naman namin na-experience to come in a championship na defending champions kami that's what's new for everyone, not just the veterans pati yung mga rookies."
After putting to good use their twice-to-beat advantage over the Tamaraws, the Blue Eagles now have six days to rest and prepare for the Finals series which will start on December 1, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Their opponent will be decided on Wednesday, November 28.
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