Kiefer Ravena hard on himself after firing blanks in NLEX loss to Phoenix
Kiefer Ravena played his worst game as a PBA player against Phoenix. Jerome Ascano

NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena was hard on himself after struggling against a rough Phoenix defense and consequently playing his worst game in the PBA.

Ravena, who averaged 19 points and 8.5 assists in his first two games as a pro, was limited to just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting to go along seven assists as he rued his inability to adjust to the Fuel Masters' pressure defense.

"It was my fault. I have to prepare even more in certain situations and I have no excuses, I shot pretty bad from the field and I didn’t help the team enough especially down the stretch," said Ravena. 

"It’s my fault (that) I wasn’t able to adjust and prepare myself well. I wasn’t able to find my rhythm right away ... naka-shoot agad ako but the defense tightened up," he added.

The former Ateneo star refused to dwell on the loss, saying it should serve as a learning experience with tough games against San Miguel and Magnolia coming up.

"I tasted two wins and a loss in the PBA now, good thing is we learn from it. We have next week to bounce back, string of heavy games with Magnolia and San Miguel," Ravena continued. 

"Ganun talaga, siyempre hindi okay matalo, but it's the beauty of the sports world.. it allows you to bounce back right away," he said. 

"Some things in life di ka na nila bibigyan ng chance bumawi. Sa sports, you know one game after another, it’s a long season. We have to pick it up, we have to wake up from this loss and prepare for Magnolia."

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