Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena smiles while dribbling the ball against La Salle. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena has been named the UAAP Player of the Week after he torched arch-rivals De La Salle University for a career-high 29 points to lead the Blue Eagles to a 97-86 victory against the Green Archers last Sunday.
Ravena has been a man on a mission early in the Season 77 men's basketball tournament as he seeks to bring back the Blue Eagles to the Final Four after missing the cut last year.
Ravena dropped four triples in the final period as Ateneo, which trailed by nine points in the first frame, pulled away with an 85-71 lead with 2:09 remaining in the contest.
Ravena, who converted five of his seven three-pointers, also had five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 29 minutes of play.
"It was one summer of really working hard. It also pays off na nasa kondisyon ka," said Ravena, who missed a couple of games early last season due to injury.
Ateneo is off to its best start in three years since 2011, when they won 13 consecutive matches on their way to a fourth straight title.
"It's a good win, definitely. We really stepped up," said Ravena. "Natalo namin ang defending champions, but that does not say anything. It's not that times two 'yung panalo kapag tinalo mo ang defending champion."
"It's still 2-0," he stressed.
Ravena, who had 22 points in Ateneo's season-opening 79-57 rout of Adamson last week, bested Roi Sumang of University of the East and Gelo Alolino of National University.
Ravena, a former Rookie of the Year winner, is averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists, and 2.5 steals per game.