BELIEVE it or not, Rafi Reavis went straight to the gym shortly after Magnolia clinched a rematch with San Miguel for the PBA Philippine Cup championship.
It’s what keeps him going.
Even at the age of 41 and still good enough to play 40 minutes, and finished with eight points and 20 rebounds in the Hotshots’ 63-60 grind out win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the deciding game of their best-of-seven semis series at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 40 minutes ironically, was the most by any Magnolia player on Sunday night, proof that there is still a lot of left in the tank for Mr Reavis.
“Usually, that’s where I go after every game. That keeps my body right,” said Reavis.
That’s actually his way of keeping up with the young guys in the team.
“I’m still having fun. I really enjoy this game. I really enjoy playing with this group of guys,” said the Magnolia team captain.
Reavis would start for the Hotshots from time to time, but understands his role as an off-the-bench player who usually does the dirty work.
And that’s exactly what he did the entire best-of-seven series against the Elasto Painters including the decisive Game 7 when he came down with a couple of crucial offensive rebounds while scoring three of Magnolia final four points in overtime.
“It’s all about who’s going to do the dirty work then, and that’s what this series was all about and that’s what it came down to,” he said.
“And that’s what I’ve known to do.”
He added eating right and drinking lots of water are part of his regimen to keep in shape.
And of course, going to the gym.
“In my younger days, I didn’t have to do much of this because the recovery (period) was quick,” he stressed. “Now it’s not fast as it used to be so I have to do a lot of other extra work to maintain and keep up with this level of play.”
And Reavis just proved tonight he still belonged.