UAAP: Ateneo rips La Salle behind Kiefer Ravena; Falcons rout TamarawsAfter Kiefer Ravena's quiet (to say the least) Senior's division debut against Adamson, his father, former PBA cager Bong Ravena, said, “Expected ko na ganun talaga ang mangyayari, so kinausap ko siya after the game. I expect him to bounce back and play at a different level.”
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—Kiefer Ravena needed just one game to silence his doubters.
A week after a forgettable debut, Ravena finally showed what the hype was all about as the Blue Eagles downed fierce rival La Salle, 81-72, to grab the solo lead yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Ravena pumped in all but two of his 24 points in the first half that tilted the momentum to Ateneo’s favor early in the blockbuster battle that drew a star-studded, roaring crowd of 15,491 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Father knows best, it appears, because that's exactly what happened.
"The Phenom" scored the game's first six points, and in the first half he nearly matched La Salle's offensive output all by his lonesome. At the end of the first quarter he had 14 points to the Green Archers' 16. At the half, he had 22 points (DLSU had 30) on 10-15 FG, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 15 minutes on the court. He cooled off somewhat in the second half, scoring just two more points, but tallied an additional 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
Given the stark difference between Ravena's first two outings (against Adamson he came off the bench, played just 14 minutes, and attempted only one field goal; against La Salle he was part of the starting five, played 33 minutes, and had 20 field goal attempts), I wouldn't be surprised if Ateneo head coach Norman Black had actually planned for Kiefer to play possum in their first game then go off against the Green Archers. After all, what could be sweeter than having the prized rookie's breakout game come against the Blue Eagles' bitterest rival?