KIEFER Ravena played down his matchup with Jeron Teng on Sunday night, putting more emphasis on NLEX holding off Alaska, 96-89, after a riveting rally in their PBA Philippine Cup encounter.
In the first matchup between two of the finest freshmen in the league this year, Ravena posted slightly better stats and had the last laugh over Teng as the Road Warriors notched a third straight win and fifth in nine games while putting an end to the Aces’ six-game win streak.
Ravena registered 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals, and one block in 29 minutes as a starter, compared to Teng’s 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three boards, one assist, and one steal, against five turnovers in 24 minutes, also as a starter.
“More than anything else, I'm just happy that we, my team pulled out a victory against a tough Alaska squad,” Ravena said. “Six straight wins is very difficult especially sa gitgitan ng standings ngayon.
“So stats aside, whatever happened in this game, as long as we end up with the victory, I'm all for that,” he added.
The former Ateneo star did admit that renewing the La Salle rivalry against Teng was not lost on him.
“Well, ganun talaga eh,” Ravena said. “Having that Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, we played for four years together and played against each other so tendencies-wise, medyo alam na namin kung anong gagawin ng isa't isa.”
“We only guarded each other for a while with the matchup, but it will never go away,” he added. “It will always be a side story and we're very blessed to be part of that rivalry. Dami nang dumaan na Ateneo-La Salle sa PBA and you know, with us, the new guys, renew the spark of Ateneans and La Sallians making a name for themselves in the PBA.”