Thirdy Ravena attacks his way to immortality in UAAP
Thirdy Ravena was literally unstoppable during the Game 1 of the Finals.
The Ateneo star’s was simply attacking the basket, but UST’s defense could not match his intensity.
In the end, the graduating forward wounded up season-high 32 points on godly-efficient 14-of-18 field goal shooting, as he led the Blue Eagles in a 91-77 rampage against UST Growling Tigers in Game 1 of the Finals on Saturday.
For Ravena, there is no rocket science or any fancy gameplan that he made in the Finals — he just went hard to the basket.
“Well for me I just take it strong to the basket,” the 22-year-old said. “Mas malakas yung pag atake ko, mas malaki yung chance na ma-shoot yung bola number one, Number two to get a foul, and number three kung mag mintis man yun, I know that Ange and the other players are ready to get the offensive rebound.
“Yun yung mentality ko, nothing too complex. Basic lang na take it strong.”
The two-time Finals MVP is knows a thing or two on how to put on a show every Finals — the recent one when he dropped 38 points against UP last year in the same finale round of the season.
“I guess one of the reasons is the fact that It’s my last year. I don’t wanna say at the end of the season na hindi ko binigay lahat,” Ravena shared.
“So I’m just laying it all on the line for my team and for the community. Kasi ayoko naman umalis na may feeling ako na kaya ko pa magbigay. So for me it’s just about doing whatever it takes to make your teammates better, to help the team win. And to make sure na yung community natin is masaya.”
However, the war isn’t over yet as Game 2 is still on its way, and Thirdy knows that UST could still bounce back.
“Business is not done. We can’t celebrate. We can’t feel happy about this although we did a lot of things really well,” he stated.
“It’s gonna be tough considering UST sobrang tapang nila lahat. We just need to make sure we do our jobs.”