UAAP Season 82 Finals: Just basic na take it strong -- Ravena
Mark Escarlote on Nov 16, 2019 08:04 PM
I guess for me is I just take it strong to the basket kasi kapag mas malakas ang pag-atake mo mas malakas ang chance na ma-shoot ang bola -- Thirdy Ravena (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Thirdy Ravena need not be fancy. His game revolves around the most basic basketball fundamental: attack the basket strong.
There’s no stopping Ravena from there.
Not even a long lay-off could stymie the graduating Ateneo de Manila University star from being a different monster in the championship round.
Ravena barreled his way to a personal season-best 32 points as he fueled the reigning champion Blue Eagles, who showed no signs of slowing down even after a two-week break after sweeping the elims, to a 91-77 Game 1 win over University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball Finals at the Big Dome Saturday.
He was crisp from the field with a 14-of-18 shooting clip, missing only one of his three attempts from the outside the three-point arc and just three of his 15 shots from the perimeter and inside the shaded lane.
“I guess for me is I just take it strong to the basket kasi kapag mas malakas ang pag-atake mo mas malakas ang chance na ma-shoot ang bola, number one,” said Ravena, who pulled down five rebounds to go along with three assists and a steal in 28 minutes of play for an all-around performance. “Number two to get the foul or number three kung magmintis man ‘yan I know that Ange (Kouame) and the other players are ready to get the offensive rebounds.”
“’Yun lang ang mentality ko nothing too complex and just basic na take it strong,” he added.
Ravena jumpstarted the Blue Eagles’ early assault, scoring all but seven points of Ateneo’s 18-2 start.
By halftime, Ravena already had 18 points with the Blue Eagles ahead, 54-39, despite the spirited comeback attempt of the Growling Tigers midway in the second.
It was all Ateneo in the second half as the Blue Eagles drew a win away from completing a historic 16-game tournament sweep and a grand slam.
Game 2 is on Wednesday.
“Business is not done. We can’t celebrate, we can’t feel happy about this although we did a lot of things really well. May mga ginawa rin kaming mga bagay na di kaaya-aya. We need to learn from that,” said Ravena.
“Our coaches are gonna make sure na wala kaming mali and we’re gonna make sure as players na we’re gonna try out best to be perfect in the next game,” he added. “But its gonna be tough considering UST sobrang tapang nilang lahat. We just to make sure that we do our jobs.”
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