FOR Kiefer Ravena, it feels like starting all over again for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Following a disappointing Season 76 where they missed the Final Four, Ravena said he likes the chances of the new-look Eagles this year with him now the acknowledged leader, especially following their lopsided win over Adamson on Sunday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
“It’s a new start for us, that’s the best way I can put it,” said Ravena, who is looking to lead Ateneo back to the Promised Land after losing the championship to La Salle last season. “We lost Juami (Tiongson), Frank (Golla), and Ryan (Buenafe), new faces, new coaching staff.
“It’s a new adventure for us. Good thing, we started it with the win,” said Ravena.
The combo guard showed he can lead the way for Ateneo as he started out strong and led the team to a lopsided 79-57 win over the Falcons. He finished with 22 points, including the highlight reel of the match following a thundering dunk off the break.
“I had the opportunity to take it strong,” Ravena said about the dunk. “Our game plan was to break their press. Lumabas siya kanina. That was just the heat of the moment. Bigla na lang nangyari. Nagulat na lang ako.”
The win came as a timely confidence boost for the former five-time champions who are set to face archrival De La Salle on Sunday at The Big Dome.
“It’s a stepping stone for us on Sunday against the defending champions. We have to focus on what we did today. At least, double everything just to know that we are ready for the champions,” said Ravena.