THIRDY Ravena remained defiant after a heartbreaking loss to Far Eastern University on Saturday, saying Ateneo will bounce back when the two teams battle in a do-or-die match for a place in the UAAP Season 79 finals.
The second-seeded Blue Eagles blew a 10-point second-half lead and dropped a 61-62 decision at the hands of FEU, but Ravena pointed out the twice-to-beat advantage Ateneo had worked hard for all season was precisely to get a chance to atone after such a deflating defeat.
“It is not yet done. It is a half. It is twice to beat. And we work hard all season to get this advantage and we are going to do all our best to prepare for the next game and hopefully we get it,” Ravena said.
The Blue Eagles were more or less in the same situation two years ago, when, as top seeds, they blew a similar twice-to-beat advantage against National University which went on to win the title.
But that is furthest from Ravena's mind, the third-year forward pointing out that the Blue Eagles prefer to 'stay in the moment.'
“Ah, wala naman. Hindi naman napag-usapan," said the athletic forward, who finished with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the end, six rebounds and four assists on Saturday.
"As much as possible we stay in the moment, we focus on the task at hand and we do our best just to make sure that we get the job done.”
If there was anything Ravena regretted from the first game, it was Ateneo giving up too many free throws to the highly physical Tamaraws.
Ravena said “probably because we gave them a lot of free throws, they shot 17 free throws and they made 13. It is a lot. I think there is where we really fell short.”
The gutsy Eagle, though, vowed to do everything to put a different ending to Wednesday's sudden-death match.
“Give it my all. Nothing less. I’m just going to make sure that when I step inside the court I’m going to give it everything I got and I’m not going to regret anything because I’ll give it all.”