Mixed emotions for TNT coach Bong Ravena as key win comes against misfiring son Kiefer
TNT assistant coach Bong Ravena had mixed emotions as the Katropa got an important win while his son Kiefer struggled for NLEX. Jerome Ascano

IT’S a matter of life and death for TnT Katropa, and so deputy coach Bong Ravena was all business even after his team went up against NLEX guard and his eldest son Kiefer.

The Katropa were locked in from the get-go and routed the Road Warriors, 101-75, to keep their playoffs hopes alive in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

At the end of the first meeting between the Ravenas in the pro league, TNT finished the elimination round campaign at 5-6, arresting a two-game losing streak.

The elder Ravena, the 1992 PBA Rookie of the Year, felt both anxious going up for the first time against his son, who has been playing very well for NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.

“Mixed emotions, excited na magkaharap kami sa game, pero may anxiety rin, ini-expect ko kung ano nilalaro niya, baka talunin niya kami. So nandoon na lahat,” said the TnT assistant coach.

Good thing, the Katropa were able to come away with the much-needed win and remain in the running for a quarterfinals berth.

“It’s a very, very important game for us. We really need to win, kaya all-out kami,” he said. “Our backs are against the wall, so kailangan talaga namin kunin yung game.”

And good thing for them too, the younger Ravena struggled from the field and finished with just a single point in a limited 12-minute stint.

“Second quarter na siya naglaro, so nandoon na kami, nakauna na kami,” said the 47-year-old Ravena. “Maganda ang shooting percentage namin, sila mababa.”

“He didn’t really play well today. Siguro nga sa takbo ng laro nila. They weren’t really shooting well.”

The elder Ravena doesn’t mind it especially if it’s at TnT’s expense.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @gerardmos