RAFI Reavis underlined his lasting impact to Star on Saturday, coming through on both ends down the stretch in the team’s 91-89 win over Ginebra in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.
While the spotlight has been mostly on their young guns and guards led by Paul Lee, the veteran slotman has silently been making his presence felt, finally evident when he grabbed an offensive rebound – one of his three offensive boards – off a miss by Lee, that gave the Hotshots an extra possession with 10 seconds left.
The 39-year-old big man then drew a foul before knocking down two free throws that gave his team a two-possession lead and enough to hold on to the win.
After more than a decade of playing, Reavis remains one of the most reliable big men in the league, so don’t expect him to retire any time soon.
“I got a lot left in the tank, man, a lot left,” Reavis said with a smile. “I try to eat right. I do a lot of things right to keep myself going. And I plan to play a whole lot longer.”
“Actually I'm chasing Asi (Taulava),” the 15-year veteran, who’s four years younger than the evergreen NLEX slotman, admitted. “I've always said, I'm gonna try to play a year after he retires. So he's doing pretty well, it's amazing. That's my barometer.”
Reavis finished with nine points, five boards, including three on the offensive end, and one block in 31 minutes as a starter as the 6-foot-8 beanpole continued to anchor the middle with fellow defensive lynchpin Marc Pingris.
"It's always a plus to have somebody like Ping at the backside,” Reavis said. “Especially since we've been playing together so long. So we kinda know each other. He's there to help everybody. Not just me, but he's the anchor for everybody in this team.”
The frontcourt partners continue to team up in Game Three where the Hotshots gun for a commanding 3-0 lead on Monday.