UAAP Finals: Bigay na muna natin sa kanya -- Kiefer on brother Thirdy on 'Who's the better Ravena?'
Mark Escarlote on Dec 05, 2018 09:33 PM
He got two Finals MVPs, two championships. He's going for a third one just so he can say he can beat me. I'm pretty sure that's his biggest motivation right now -- Kiefer Ravena on brother Thirdy
With the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball title already in the bag and Ateneo de Manila University just waiting for the game clock to wind down before celebrating their second straight crown, Thirdy Ravena dashed for a two-handed slam to ice his superb performance.
After making his last basket, jamming his 38th point, head coach Tab Baldwin decided that his star had enough and did his job well. It was time to give him the much-deserved rest as fans inside the Big Dome showered the fourth year cager with a loud applause.
Monitoring the game back at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan, Thirdy’s Kuya Kiefer breathed a sigh of relief seeing his brother walk to the bench. Shortly after, the Blue Eagles completed its series sweep of University of the Philippines, 99-81, Wednesday and Thirdy hoisted his Finals Most Valuable Player award.
At least the eldest son of former PBA star Bong and ABS-CBN volleyball analyst Mozzy, saved some sense of pride.
Thirdy just equaled his UAAP career-high in points and Kiefer was very thankful that head coach Tab Baldwin saved him from having his brother from eclipsing his collegiate career-best.
“Kanina, I was praying na ilabas na siya noong naka-38 na siya. Pati ba naman 'yun kukunin niya pa sa akin, 'di ba?” said Kiefer, who watched girlfriend Alyssa Valdez and Creamline destroy Ateneo-Motolite, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15, in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Finals.
“Nakadalawang championship na nga, dalawang MVP pa. 'Yung 38 na lang saving grace ko eh. Okay lang na masabing pantay,” added Kiefer, who is serving a one-year ban on all FIBA-sanctioned basketball tournaments. “Noong nilabas na siya, natuwa pa ako kesa noong nag-champion sila.”
Thirdy now equaled Kiefer’s number of UAAP titles with two each but already surpassed his brother’s UAAP Finals appearance, 3-2.
"I expected something from him in the Finals. I said 'You didn't give good numbers and that's what people expect you to do so you better perform during the finals.' Not to put any pressure on him, but that boy loves the stage, loves to be in the Finals,” said Kiefer.
“He got two Finals MVPs, two championships. He's going for a third one just so he can say he can beat me. I'm pretty sure that's his biggest motivation right now,” he added. “It has been going on in the house since he didn't have one.”
“Now, I'm afraid he's gonna get one in his senior year. I know he won't let anything happen, nothing in his way can stop him. As much as they win, the target's gonna get bigger, especially since all schools are going to get better.”
But the question still remains: Who’s the better Ravena?
Manong Kiefer, who is still six months away before his greenlight to play hoops, would concede this one to Thirdy. Well, maybe for now.
“As with who's the better Ravena, I'm happy to share it with him. Kaya naman na kaming dalawa parehas,” he said. “For now, siguro na hindi ako naglalaro, bigay muna natin sa kanya.”
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