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    Ravena and Garcia thrilled to play before their idol Rondo

    Aug 30, 2012
    Kiefer Ravena and RR Garcia enjoy watching NBA stars play, but they swear it is an an even better experience playing before a legit NBA star like the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo. Jerome Ascano

    IT’s understandable that Kiefer Ravena and RR Garcia tried to outdo each other when Ateneo and Far Eastern University took on each other in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.

    Boston Celtics star player Rajon Rondo had a lot to do with that.

    Both guards are self-confessed Rondo fans, and they did all they could to make an impression while the Celtics’ all-time leader in assists watched the bruising game from ringside of the Mall of Asia Arena.

    "Honored ako syempre," said a proud Ravena, last season’s Rookie of the Year. "Nakita niya paano maglaro ang mga Pinoy."

    The `Phenom’ added that he considers Rondo as the benchmark for a good point guard right now.

    Garcia, the former league MVP from Cagayan de Oro City, admitted he’s trying to pattern his playmaking skills after the former University of Kentucky star, who won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008.

    "Idol ko siya lalo na point guard siya at point guard din ako," said Garcia. "Explosive siya sa laro, yung pagpasa niya, yung plays niya, gusto ko ako din maging gaya niya. Gusto ko maging number one point guard sa Pilipinas."

    Rondo had a whirlwind two-day visit in the country to conduct a basketball clinic among select collegiate players, and at the same time, complete the refurbishing of a basketball court of a school in San Juan City.

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    Kiefer Ravena and RR Garcia enjoy watching NBA stars play, but they swear it is an an even better experience playing before a legit NBA star like the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo. Jerome Ascano
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