THIRDY Ravena would admit that the hardest part of preparing for the 2019 PBA D-League Finals isn't so much on Cignal-Ateneo's gameplans, but rather more on the mental part bracing for an undermanned Centro Escolar University squad.
"It's more challenging, yung mga ganito. Kasi kahit anong ibigay mo sa court, kapag hindi ka naka-focus, maaapektuhan yung laro mo. So definitely, it's more challenging," he said.
Lucky for Ravena, the Blue Eagles were up to the task in Game One, clobbering the Scorpions, 101-66, to draw first blood in the best-of-five championship series on Thursday.
"Like sinabi ni Coach Tab kanina, I think in situations like these, it's more on the mental part yung kailangan talaga namin i-focus and be professional about it. It's still a basketball game and anything can happen especially in situations like these," he said after pouring 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
The two-time UAAP Finals MVP acknowledges that the pressure is on Cignal-Ateneo to not only win the championship, but also to do it in dominant fashion against a cleary outmatched CEU crew.
But rather than be overwhelmed by the situation, all the Blue Eagles needed were to buckle down and focus on the task at hand.
"We just have to make sure na we do our jobs. The only way na matatalo kami is if we let them do what they can do, so for us we can't let go of that mental focus that we have," he said.
Game Two is slated on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.