KIEFER RAVENA hopes Ateneo de Manila would put a new man in charge of the Blue Eagles as soon as possible in order for the team to readily adopt the new system for the next UAAP season.
“We hope that we will have a new coach as soon as possible,” Ravena said Wednesday night during the Samsung Sixth Man Awards Night at the Makati Shangrila Hotel.
Ravena was named People’s Choice MVP after accumulating the most number of fan votes on Samsung’s Sixth Man App during the recent UAAP season that saw the Blue Eagles win their fifth straight title.
However, next year will be different for the team as it will play without long-time coach Norman Black, who has returned to the PBA and is now calling the shots for Talk ’N Text.
Ravena believes the Blue Eagles still have a formidable line-up for next season, but noted that learning a new playing system under a new coach will take time.
“Definitely, we will have a new coach with a new system. We have time to adjust to the new system,” Ravena said.
“It’s going to be different, but we still have a good core with Ryan (Buenafe) and Juami (Tiongson). The bench will be getting to play more minutes. I’m still confident with our team for next year.”
Ravena noted that the team could focus on speed next season since it will be without big man Greg Slaughter and forward Nico Salva.
“We lost 70 percent of our scoring. We hope to make up for it with our speed kasi wala na kaming malaki. ‘Yan ang gagawin namin next season,” Ravena said.
Ravena was joined in the Samsung People’s Mythical Five by Slaughter, Salva, Kevin Ferrer of University of Santo Tomas, and Jelo Montecastro of University of the Philippines.
Selina Dagdag and Myca Maala, both from Ateneo, were voted as Best Courtside Reporter and Samsung Stunner, respectively.
De La Salle and UP also received P58,255 and P55,625 respectively in the Samsung Assist Program which the schools will be giving to their chosen charity.