A SHARE of top spot with five wins in six outings isn’t enough to get Kiefer Ravena excited.
The King Eagle was quick to temper the joy on Wednesday after his clutch jumper clinched a 63-61 win over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, saying the team is still far from achieving its immediate goals in Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“We can’t be complacent, 'yun ang pinaka-importante,” said the Ateneo star, pointing out that the Blue Eagles are bent on reaching the Final Four a year after missing out on the playoffs for the first time since Ravena joined the team.
Getting twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four is also a goal, Ravena added.
The Blue Eagles are on track to achieving those goals. They are currently tied for the lead with National University, the only team to beat them with just one match left in the first round.
Along the way, they have also gained a lot of confidence from wins over nemesis La Salle and Final Four contenders Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas, among others.
But Ravena stressed that they can only breathe a little easier when they are assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
“We can’t feel good that we're 5-1, we’re still not assured of a Final Four slot so we want to get that twice-to-beat advantage na talagang inaasam ng lahat, kasi nga everyone is capable of beating everybody so having that twice to beat advantage is very important right now.”
Although the fourth-year guard warned that there is still no reason to celebrate, he stressed that they are pleased with where they are at this stage of the tournament after dwelling in the bottom half last season.
“Thankful din in this situation na last year we were just one of the bottom dwellers, ngayon we're in a situation that we like,” he said. "Hopefully we can contain it, maintain it, and continue."
The Blue Eagles face the Red Warriors in their final game in the first round on Saturday at the MOA Arena.