FOR the second successive weekend, Kiefer Ravena had to accept the blame in yet another Ateneo loss.
The King Eagle had another spotty shooting night on Sunday and couldn't deliver when his team needed him, allowing rival La Salle to complete a big comeback from 15-points down on the way to an 80-76 victory.
It was the second successive game the Blue Eagles blew a big lead. Last week, Ravena also took the blame for Ateneo’s 58-68 loss to University of Santo Tomas, tweeting, “On Me” after the game.
The reigning league MVP finished with 19 points but forced up two shots in Ateneo's final possessions, missing badly on a fallaway jumper then misfiring on a side-stepping three-pointer with a chance to tie the score.
More than the loss, Ravena said he felt bad for letting his teammates down.
“I felt bad for myself not being able to lead the team knowing that most of our guys, it’s their first Ateneo-La Salle game,” said Ravena.
“Being a leader, you have that sense of direction. I think that was the mental thing that I wasn’t able to help the team especially in the latter part."
Ravena said he was not surprised with the way La Salle performed, especially with the magnitude of the rivalry.
“La Salle is La Salle. They will find a way to win. ‘Yun ‘yung nangyari,” said Ravena.
Still, Ravena said he perfectly understands if fans blame him for the loss.
“Some people put the blame on me, but that’s how the cookie crumbles. It’s one thing to be a hero. But if you lose, you lose by me, my captains, Von (Pessumal) and the other guys and ganun talaga.
"At least, I played with no regrets. People give their own opinion on the game and I respect that,” Ravena added.