Thirdy Ravena admits succumbing to pressure after firing blanks in Game Two
Thirdy Ravena in tears at the end of Ateneo's loss in Game Two. Jerome Ascano

THIRDY Ravena was still in a state of shock when he faced a handful of reporters following Ateneo's 72-79 Game Two loss at the hands of UAAP Season 79 champion La Salle on Wednesday. 

"I don't know. To be honest, shocked pa ako sa game e," Ravena said. 

Ravena, who just before the game was named to the league's Mythical Team, did little to help salvage the Blue Eagles' hopes against a powerhouse La Salle side as he failed to make a field goal in 10 tries. 

The son of former PBA player Bong, who finished with three points and seven rebounds in more than 25 minutes of action, admitted succumbing to pressure in a must-win game for Ateneo witnessed by 17,495 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

"I was kinda pressured," said Ravena, who joined MVP Ben Mbala, Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Paul Desiderio in the Mythical Five. "I admit na kasalanan ko naman na na-pressure ako."

"This is the biggest platform I ever played in. Napunta yun sa utak ko tapos na-affect yung game. But it's not an excuse not to play. Sayang lang di masyadong naka-deliver," he added. 

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Still, the athletic brother of former UAAP MVP Kiefer said he is proud of what the Blue Eagles accomplished in a season where they were nowhere among the favorites.

"People counted us out. We just fought through everything that's in front of us. It's a good experience," said Ravena, whose team was the lone sqaud to beat La Salle during the elimination round. 

"We fell short but I'm still proud of my team. "

The future looks bright for the yung Ateneo side nonetheless as its lineup remains intact save for the departure of Gideon Babilonia.

"We're gonna comeback stronger next year," he said. 


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