HE may be playing at an MVP level in the first half of Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, but Kiefer Ravena says bringing the championship back to Ateneo remains his biggest goal this year.
Halfway through the eliminations, Ravena is leading the MVP race by a wide margin after accumulating 80 statistical points (SPs), with De La Salle’s Jeron Teng a far second with 61.7143 SPs.
But the Ateneo top gun made it clear he is not targeting the top individual award.
“Well, if it happens, it happens,” said the elder of two playing sons of former PBA player Bong Ravena and former national volleyball team stalwart Mozzie Ravena. “What I’m aiming for is the championship.”
The Blue Eagles are also on pace for another run at the championship as they are currently on top going to the second round elimination with a 6-1 (win-loss) slate.
Unlike in the past when Ateneo had the likes of big men Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Ryan Buenafe, Ravena has to take a lot more shots for the Blue Eagles this year, capping off the first round with a career-best 38 points in an overtime win over University of the East.
While he isn't playing for the MVP award, Ravena said he recognizes that he will have to play at an MVP level and do more for the team in terms of scoring, rebounding, and assists for the Blue Eagles to be successful.
“I think I realized na I really have to play like an MVP. I have to score, distribute the ball, and rebound the ball. Na-swerte naman na nananalo pa kami,” said Ravena.
The combo guard said coach Bo Perasol is also encouraging him to play like an MVP.
“Coach Bo would always say na kailangan kong maglaro as an MVP para manalo not only in scoring but just to help the team,” he said.
After winning two championships for the team during the time of former mentor Norman Black, Ravena said he wants nothing more than to see the Blue Eagles back on top.
“Championship talaga ang gusto kong makuha more than anything else,” said Ravena.