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Kiefer credits younger brother Thirdy as the ‘better Ravena’

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Thirdy Ravena was nothing but phenomenal for the Ateneo Blue Eagles during their best-of-three Finals against UP Fighting Maroons.

The athletic forward displayed an all-around performance in Game 1 with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and nine asissts.

However, it was Game 2 that solidified the younger Ravena’s legacy in the league after posting a career-high 38 points — matching his older brother’s career high during his college stint.

“Nakadalawang championship na nga, dalawang MVP pa. ‘Yung 38 na lang saving grace ko eh. Okay lang na masabing pantay. Noong nilabas na siya, natuwa pa ako kesa noong nag-champion sila,” Kiefer joked.

“I expected something from him in the Finals… not to put any pressure on him, but that boy loves the stage, loves to be in the Finals,” he added.

Although both Kiefer and Thirdy won two championships in Ateneo respectively, it was the latter who has more UAAP Finals appreances, 3-2.

The NLEX guard, who is currently serving his one-year ban, also said that Thirdy wanted to surpass his accomplishments ever since — and so far that has been the case.

“He got two Finals MVPs, two championships. He’s going for a third one just so he can say he can beat me,” Kiefer shared.

“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.

Because of what Thirdy has done recently for the Blue Eagles and for himself, Kiefer now considers his younger brother as the better Ravena — for now.

“For now, siguro na hindi ako naglalaro, bigay muna natin sa kanya.”