'The Phenom' Kiefer Ravena wins UAAP award

Posted at 08/12/14 2:06 AM

MANILA - Ateneo's "King Eagle," Kiefer Ravena, bagged his second UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week award.

Ravena, who has been Ateneo's go-to guy, averaged 27.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in games against the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Tigers and the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors.

Ravena came out big on Sunday, draining seven of Ateneo's last nine points in their overtime game to complete his team's come-from-behind 93-91 win against UE.

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year of finished with a career-high 38 points, along with nine assists and five boards.

The fourth-year guard's performance was key to the Blue Eagles' league-leading 6-1 standing in the UAAP 77th men's basketball tournament.

"He's always to be the one to lead them. It doesn't matter whether he's going to score or not," Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said.

"It's just the epitome of showing that 'can-do' attitude regardless of the situation. Obviously, he was able to deliver us in the end again," he added.

Ravena said he gets his confidence from the trust given to him by the whole team.

"Siguro it's just nakakatanggal lang ng kaba kung yung coaches and yung mga teammates mo sila na ang unang nagtitiwala sa iyo. At least nai-ease off yung pressure, nai-ease off yung kaba," Ravena said.

"Iyung confidence ko kinukuha ko lang rin talaga kung maganda ang ipinapakita ng mga teammates ko," he added.

Ravena eclipsed Mikee Reyes and Rey Gallarza of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and Jeron Teng of the De La Salle University Green Archers for the weekly plum co-sponsored by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J Mighty Alcohol, and Mighty Mom Anti-Bacteria.

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