Kiefer Ravena gestures to the crowd. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- Already determined to make up for his subpar performance in their previous game, Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena was even more fired up after hearing the "One Big Flop" chants from the University of the East (UE) crowd.
The UE crowd was very vocal during the Red Warriors' second-round UAAP game against the Blue Eagles, countering Ateneo's "One Big Fight" chants by shouting "One Clean Fight," and even chanting "One Big Flop" towards Ravena.
"As any player would do, coming off a loss, you would want to bounce back," said Ravena, who missed two crucial shots in Ateneo's 86-88 loss to La Salle last weekend.
"Nakaka-motivate din kasi kanina nagch-cheer 'yung UE crowd ng 'One Big Flop' eh," he added. "Pero naririnig ko din naman 'yung mga cheers ng mga Atenista talaga, so nakaka-motivate 'yung ganun."
It was Ravena who hit the dagger three-pointer with 14 seconds to go that silenced the UE gallery. He finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Ateneo's 78-73 win.
"Extra motivation, I guess that's the way to treat it," Ravena said of the accusations of flopping. "But it's also nice to hear the Ateneans backing me up. 'Yun 'yung mas angat sa cheer nila."
Ravena has been dogged by accusations of flopping in his UAAP career, but the Ateneo guard is unsure why he is the only one associated with the act.
"Hindi ko alam kung bakit ako 'yung associated with flopping. Siguro naiinis lang sila kasi nagugulangan ko sila," he said.
"I guess that's part of the game... It's not only me who's doing it, ako lang siguro 'yung associated with it," he added.
Ravena said that at the end of the day, he merely shrugs off the criticisms of flopping, especially now that he has become used to them.
"Sanay ka na. Wala ka ng iniisip, parang pasok sa kanan, labas sa kaliwang tenga na lang ang palaging nangyayari," he said.
"Eventually, titigil din sila," Ravena also said. "Not everyone understands how basketball is played, let's leave it at that."