ATENEO coach Bo Perasol the Ravena brothers not only will co-exist but will also complement each other when the younger Thirdy joins Kiefer in the Blue Eagles roster in the UAAP beginning next season.
While the Teng brothers Jeric and Jeron deciding to go different paths playing for University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle respectively, Thirdy decided to join Kiefer to become teammates with the Katipunan-based squad.
The Teng brothers thrived playing against each another especially after they faced each other during the UAAP Season 76 finals, but Perasol sees the Ravena brothers doing just as well on the same team under the competitive environment in the Blue Eagles camp.
The second-year Ateneo coach said that while the Ravenas play the same position, the two have different styles of play and will therefore fill different needs for the team depending on the game situations.
“Both have different approaches to the game. However, they are both very competitive,” said Perasol, who failed to steer the five-time champions in his first season as Ateneo coach. “I know that they will be both crucial in our quest to be back in the championship.”
While Kiefer has enjoyed two championships as well as popularity after playing for three seasons with the Blue Eagles, Thirdy appears on his way to being another collegiate star having won the Most Valuable Player award in the juniors division - a feat his older brother failed to do during his high school career.
In his MVP season in 2013, Thirdy averaged 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in the elimination round for the Blue Eaglets who reached the Finals but lost to the National University Bullpups.
Thirdy, who also competed for the Philippine team in the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 Championship, had also attracted quite a following online especially when one of his high-flying dunks in Season 76 was captured on YouTube.
Perasol sees Thirdy taking the same route as Kiefer and becoming one of the stalwarts in Blue Eagles' campaign, more so when the older Ravena ends his collegiate career.
“Thirdy will be an important part of Ateneo’s campaign this year and in the years to come,” said Perasol.