MANILA—Last season, Thirdy Ravena stuffed his resumé with a number of highlight-worthy dunks in the UAAP. On Sunday, he found out what it felt like to be on the receiving end of throwdown.
At the 6:12 mark of the first quarter, La Salle forward Jamie Malonzo announced his league debut to Ravena with an emphatic two-handed slam to posterize the reigning finals MVP.
Ravena and the Blue Eagles responded in a big way, though, engineering a second-quarter run en route to an 81-69 win.
Indeed, the last laugh still belonged to Ravena, who did not mind being dunked on.
“It’s a play. Two points. We won the game. Doesn’t matter. It happens. You get blocked, you get dunked on. Part of the game,” said Ravena, who finished with only 6 points, missed all but 2 of his 11 field-goal attempts, and was hounded by foul trouble.
Malonzo, on the other hand, downplayed the jam. “It’s basketball, I’m not trying to think about it too much,” he said.
Malonzo, a so-called one-and-done player, led La Salle with 18 points and 10 boards.
Meanwhile, Ravena praised Mike Nieto and Gian Mamuyac for stepping up as most of the starters struggled.
“That’s what we say na next man up or 16-deep na sinasabi namin na you wouldn’t expect anybody to just play the whole game individually. Lahat kami magtutulungan,” Ravena quipped.
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