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    Experience the best teacher as Reavis finds a way to limit Fajardo

    May 6, 2019
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    RAFI Reavis has battled more than his fair share of behemoths over the years that no one already fazes him.

    Count June Mar Fajardo among those on his list.

    For the third straight game, the 41-year-old Reavis tried to hold his own against the five-time PBA MVP and has been a key in Magnolia taking home a tight 86-82 Game Three victory in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Sunday.

    Reavis didn't deny that his experience was a key factor in helping him derail the imposing Fajardo and taking the 2-1 series lead.

    "I've been in many battles against many different players, from locals to imports. My experience definitely does play a key," he said. "Being around a long time, I've learned a lot and I'm still learning. That's the cool thing about basketball: you never stop learning. I've been around a long time and I get to share the knowledge to other guys as well."

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      But make no mistake about it: Reavis didn't really do anything special, staying true to his role of being that reliable inside presence for 17 years in the league and counting, the last 10 of which were with the Purefoods franchise.

      "I don't really have any, to tell you the truth. I'm just trying to do my job," he said after posting a 16-point, 15-rebound statline.

      "I'm just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping it's a W. So you know, the thing with me is one point, 15 points, two rebounds, 10 rebounds, or nothing, it's all the same to me. The only difference is the W and that's all I care about."

      And Reavis applies the same approach when it comes to guarding Fajardo, fully aware of the Cebuano giant's capabilities all over the floor.

      "I just respect who he is. He's a great player and you just have to do your best and live with the outcome. Maybe, he just had an off-night tonight, I don't know, but you just try to do your best," he said. "For me, whether I'm on-the-court or off-the-court, all I care about is how I can be a help for others."

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      That's why Reavis couldn't help but feel surprised with the number of reporters approaching him after the game, saying: "I don't know if I've seen this many microphones in my life."

      Such is what entails one doing his job excellently.

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