ATENEO coach Bo Perasol said he has no problem seeing his star Kiefer Ravena taking almost half of the Blue Eagles' shots in a 74-78 loss to National University in their UAAP Final Four match on Wednesday.
The newly named league MVP took no less than 35 shots against the Bulldogs while the rest of the team took 40. He made just nine for a game-high 24 points but was made to bleed for every point by NU's defense.
That's not an issue as far as his coach is concerned.
“It’s all about decision-making. Kung feeling niya (Ravena) di kailangan ipasa, I trust his decision,” said Perasol after a loss that dragged top-seeded Ateneo into a do-or-die match on Wednesday for a place in the finals.
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Cold for the most part, Ravena found his touch late as he scored 15 of his team's final 24 points and made two big three-pointers that led the Blue Eagles back from as much as a 15-point deficit.
That late explosion, Perasol said, was exactly the reason he won't tell his King Eagle to stop shooting.
“That’s what I was telling them (Ateneo players). I can’t tell Kiefer not to shoot because he was one of the major reasons why we’re here (in the Final Four),” Perasol said.
Perasol has yet to win a single game against NU and counterpart Eric Altamirano since he took on the Ateneo job last season, but insisted the big fightback in Game One should give the Blue Eagles enough confidence heading to next week's make-or-break match.
“Ang importante kasi diyan is nakita ko sa kanila na they can beat NU. Kita mo, without the lineup of (NU’s) bigs, patas lang kami,” noted the Ateneo coach.
“Nagkataon lang maganda laro ni (Alfred) Aroga sa simula, pero nung mawala siya, we had a chance, but it was too late,” he added.