IT was just a bad day at the office as far as Ateneo star player Kiefer Ravena is concerned.
Ravena said it was but shooting, and not the defense put on him by National University – or more specifically by Pao Javelona - that led to his miserable 9-of-35 shooting in the Blue Eagles’ 78-74 loss to the Bulldogs in the UAAP Final Four on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Javelona was in the face of Ravena almost the entire game, making life difficult for the King Eagle who was limited to just five points in the first half in a loss that forged a do-or-die match on Wednesday for a place in the finals.
The top-seeded Blue Eagles have now lost five games in a row to the Bulldogs, but Ravena insisted it wasn't NU's defense that has kept him from having a good game against the team.
“Hindi naman, masama lang talaga ang shooting ko. I guess ganoon lang talaga,” said Ravena. “With NU, I always have my days, pero we still had a chance to win naman. We still have to improve, we know what to do already. Just always the bad start, mahirap `yung malubog sa tambak,” he added.
Ravena also played down the nudging incident between him and Javelona at the 3:48 mark of the third period, saying it wasn't personal and was all part of the game.
But at the same time, the fourth-year guard said he wasn't the one who started it.
“It's a physical game (and) I wouldn't start anything,” said Ravena. “It’s a physical game, I didn't start anything.”
“I wouldn't have done that if nothing was done unto me,” he stressed. “It wasn't dirty, it was a physical game. It's the playoffs, ganoon lang talaga.”
The eldest son of former PBA player Bong Ravena and ex-University of Santo Tomas volleyball star Mozzy Ravena, however, apologized if ever he may have hurt Javelona during the course of the game, saying he has no intention of doing so.
“If ever I hurt Javelona I'm sorry, but I wouldn’t give an inch to him especially (since) people are already portraying him as the ‘Kiefer stopper’ whenever I had a hard time against NU,” he said.
“Naglaro na ako under coach Eric, 'Yung mga ganoon I have no intention to hurt,” said Ravena, who was part of the 2010 Philippine Youth squad under NU coach Eric Altamirano.