It’s no secret that Thirdy Ravena looks much more comfortable from beyond the arc in Season 82.
Although thrilled with his new found proficiency, don’t expect the high-flying Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles star to camp behind the three-point line. Shortly after the Blue Eagle’s 66-52 win over the UST Growing Tigers over the weekend, Ravena expressed his desire to become a much more efficient scorer — especially when going hard in the paint.
“I think it was more on the mental side, that I shouldn’t settle for outside shots. Rather just take it strong and try not to avoid the contact while in the air kasi one of the reasons na nagmi-miss yung shots ko,” the 22-year-old swingman said.
“When I take it, I try to get the foul first or try to avoid the contact before trying to make the basket, so it’s a factor. I need to work on that, I need to be aggressive kasi once the defense closes in, I can create for my teammates. I really think it’s just the mentality,” he added.
Ravena once again captained the Blue Eagles against the defiant UST side, coming up with 17 points, nine rebounds, and two steals to help his team keep its pristine 8-0 record and extend their win streak to 18 consecutive games.
Still, the 6’0 guard believes he could have come up with a much better performance after making several lapses in the final canto.
“The shots were good, just the pace was a big enough factor for us to not make our shots, though they were good shots. Yun, it was a good game, we won but I made eight turnovers, which is completely unacceptable, especially in the late game. I have to work on that, not very happy with the outcome but we won,” he added.
Ateneo will spring back to action on Wednesday, October 9, against the Adamson Soaring Falcons before their second showdown against rivals De La Salle University Green Archers on Sunday, October 13.