Thirdy Ravena is willing to leave everything on the court as he nears the tail end of his stellar collegiate career.
‘Finals Thirdy’ once again showed up in the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles’ dominant 91-77 win over the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers in Game 1 of UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.
Ravena could do no wrong inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum, scoring a game-high 32 markers on 14-of-18 field goal shooting, while also collecting five rebounds and three assists.
He admitted that one of his primary motivations was the fact that he didn’t want to leave Ateneo with regrets.
“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. 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,” he shared post-game.
Ravena and the rest of the Blue Eagles quickly erased misconceptions that the defending champs might be rusty after a long lay off. Ateneo came out of the gates firing, as Ravena led the charge by scoring 11 points in the opening canto.
“Well for me I just take it strong to the basket. 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 defensive rebound. Yun yung mentality ko, nothing too complex. Basic lang na take it strong,” Ravena said.
Ateneo is now on the cusp of history and have a chance to brand themselves as one of the most dominant collegiate teams in Philippine history if they manage to complete their 16-0 season sweep.
The 6’2 swingman, however, said his team’s sole focus is to win the championship and they know UST will not make it easy for them in Game 2.
“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 naman kaming bagay na di rin kaayaaya. So we have to learn from that. The coaches are gonna make sure na wala kaming mali. And we’re gonna make sure as players we’re gonna try our best to be perfect. It’s gonna be tough considering UST sobrang tapang nila lahat. We just need to make sure we do our jobs,” he added.