FOR the first time in five years, no Ravena will be present once the UAAP names its Mythical Five this Season 81.
But Thirdy Ravena couldn't care less.
"Para sa akin naman, kung nandoon siya, eh di nandoon sya. Kung wala, I can’t do anything about it. Instead of dwelling on what’s negative, I turn that energy into how I can help my team better, how I can make my teammates look good inside the court," said the high-flying Ateneo star.
As per league rules, Ravena is now disqualified from receiving end-of-season awards after being handed a one-game suspension for his hit on Paul Desiderio in Ateneo's 83-66 win over the University of the Philippines last October 14.
But rather than feel down over what he's missing out on, Ravena is focusing on what he can still win.
"Right now, mas okay nga yun kasi parang ang iniisip ko lang kumbaga is kung ano yung maitutulong ko sa team," the fourth-year forward said after contributing 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a steal in his first game back from suspension - a 90-70 Ateneo victory over University of the East on Wednesday.
He added: "Kahit ano namang sabihin mo, subconsciously pag nakikita mo yung mga ganoong article na ‘Thirdy Ravena can’t win an award,' kahit na hindi mo isipin, pag nakikita mo siya, nandoon sya eh. I’m really happy na mas naka-focus ako on my team and para sa akin, ang importante is yung championship."
Prior to the suspension, the younger brother of former King Eagle Kiefer Ravena has a legit shot at a third Mythical Team selection after averaging 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists a game.
The 6-foot-3 swingman prefers to look at the big picture.
"Sa totoo lang naman, walang sense of fulfillment kung may individual award ka but you can’t really bring your team with you. Pag may award ka, kung di ka naman nag-champion, wala rin," he said.
"Para sa akin, mas importante yung lahat kami as a team nag-eenjoy kasi yun yung trinabaho at pinaghirapan namin for eight months."