La Salle rivals still think highly of former Ateneo star Ryan Buenafe
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jul 30, 2020 11:56 AM
While his PBA career didn't exactly pan out, Ryan Buenafe certainly left his mark in the UAAP and he was at his best when Ateneo played big games. (Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBN News)
Those who paid attention to the UAAP in the 2010s know, Ryan Buenafe was an absolute star for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
While his PBA career didn't exactly pan out, Buenafe certainly left his mark in the UAAP and he was at his best when Ateneo played big games.
Naturally, rivals from La Salle took notice, and the Green Archers have never forgotten just how much Buenafe annoyed the heck out of their team.
"Si Ryan Buenafe. Why Ryan? During my earlier years sa La Salle, nagpe-press kami. Then binibigay lang ni coach Norman [Black] yung bola kay Ryan, nasisira na press namin," LA Revilla said on a recent PBA Kamustahan episode.
The Green Archers, especially under coach Franz Pumaren, specialized in doing a full-court press.
That's not the easiest thing to do on defense and when someone easily breaks it, like Buenafe, it could be disheartening.
And then there's the matter of Buenafe hitting big shots during big games.
"Aside from that, Ryan is one of the most clutch college players na nakalaban namin," Revilla said.
"Siya type na pag kailangan nila [Ateneo] ng basket, alam naman namin na kay Ryan mapupunta yung bola but he still finds ways na mapagana yung play or to convert the basket," LA added.
Buenafe's name is not as big in basketball currently, but his work with the Blue Eagles was just that good.
Good enough that rivals have some nice stories.
"He was just good, there was something about him that made me mad at times. First of, he doesn't close his mouth when he breathes... if I talk trash to him, he'll say something completely random," Jason Perkins said in the same PBA Kamustahan episode.
"Buenafe, during my residency I always watch our games and he was a really good player. For me, he seemed like one of the best power forwards at the time in the UAAP," Perkins added.
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