Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kiefer Ravena Leads Ateneo Blue Eagle's Victory vs DLSU Green Archers

After his scoreless debut at University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) (read article HERE), Kiefer Ravena - the 5-foot-11 former two-time finals Most Valuable Player in the juniors division and a former national youth team member, proves he is really Philippine basketball's future star when he played like a seasoned-veteran, firing away 22 points in the first half to help his team take an 11-point halftime lead, 41-30, that guarantees Ateneo's victory against De La Salle University, 81-72, in the 74th UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

"I was pumped up. I'm very thankful because my teammates were looking for me and good thing my shots were falling." Ravena said about his first six points.

Ravena's performance, undoubtedly, is one of the best ever by a rookie in the most anticipated game of the season - 24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and five steals in 33 minutes of action - the highest since Dylan Ababou scored 23 against National University on July 16, 2009.

"Kiefer performed very well especially in the first half. He gave us a big lift. He pretty much carried us offensively in the first half which gave us a little bit of a cushion for the second half." said Ateneo Blue Eagle's coach Norman Black.

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