DEVELOPING leadership was the biggest gain of Ateneo from its romp to the 2019 PBA D-League title, said star Thirdy Ravena.
"It's a great lesson for us veterans na ipakita namin yung leadership namin against teams na mas matanda sa amin," said Ravena. "It's a great experience for us. We have a lot to work on and hopefully, in the next few weeks, we get better as a team."
Flying the flag of Cignal-Ateneo, the Blue Eagles were tested by fellow collegiate teams as well as players who have been in the developmental ranks for years now.
And for them to come out on top speaks volumes on how the team has grown through this offseason.
"It's gonna help us in a lot of ways. It was a lesson for us to work as a team," he said as the Blue Eagles get ready for overseas training in Greece, Singapore, and Australia.
"We still have a lot to work on those few months, so hopefully makatulong sa amin for the season."
Ravena said the PBA D-League foray also tested Ateneo's resolve, especially a depleted Centro Escolar University side that gave Ateneo all it could handle in the Finals.
That's another lesson learned, said Ravena.
"Hindi porket may disadvantage yung kalaban, madali na para sa amin. CEU only had eight players but they really fought. It's a lesson for us to respect our opponents, no matter how strong they are," he said.
"Lahat gusto kaming talunin kasi we're defending the championship. May malaking target kami sa likod namin so the best thing we can deal with that is through preparation." With reports from Andrew Mencias