NOT only did Thirdy Ravena add to his highlight reel with another memorable play, he may have also padded his wallet.
The younger Ravena revealed his friendly bet with his dad Bong where he’ll receive P3,000 for every dunk he makes in the UAAP.
Considering how pretty that Ravena dunk was, it’s safe to say his dad was more than willing to pay for this one as it’s worth every penny.
A cutting Ravena received a pass from Chibueze Ikeh near the free throw line before taking off just a few steps after the stripe to throw down a tomahawk slam right in front of Reggie Basibas, who wisely stepped out of the way.
Ravena was seen celebrating putting his three fingers up, and he later shared that it was just to remind his dad of the bet that they had.
“May bet kami ng dad ko na pag naka-dunk ako may P3,000,” Ravena said in the post-match interview, prompting assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga to butt in.
“Hihingi ako ng porsyento kay coach Bong,” Arespacochaga chuckled.
But more than the highlight dunk, Ravena and Arespacochaga were quick to deflect the credit to Ikeh who worked hard for that offensive rebound before making a good pass to a cutting Ravena who made sure not to waste Ikeh’s efforts with that dunk.
“Swerte nakakuha ng offensive board si Ikeh. I noticed no one was in the middle, so I made the cut. Good pass by Ikeh,” Ravena continued.
Ever the purist, Arespacochaga was all praises for Ikeh for that play.
“The highlight was the dunk, pero the highlight was the offensive rebound and pass (also),” Arespacochaga said.
“That was a boring highlight but it wouldn’t have happened if Ikeh didn’t do his job,” he added.
For all the joy that the highlight brought to fans, what really made the Ateneo coaching staff happy was how their players were willing to make those extra passes.
“We have guards that move the ball so it’s contagious. That extra pass should be normal for us.”