Thirdy Ravena earns praise from coach while playing second fiddle to brother Kiefer
Ateneo rookie Thirdy Ravena had his best game for the Blue Eagles in the match against FEU. Jaime Campos

THIRDY Ravena may have played second fiddle to older brother Kiefer in Ateneo’s UAAP men’s basketball game against Far Eastern University on Sunday, but his performance was worth an ‘honorable mention’ in coach Bo Perasol's book.

The younger Ravena played his best game as a freshman, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench to help the Blue Eagles beat the Tamaraws, 81-78, in a game where Kiefer Ravena led all scorers with 23 points.

While Kiefer got most of the acclaim, Thirdy's performance didn't escape Perasol's attention.

“We got some production from the usual people. But most honorable mention goes to Thirdy and Gwyne (Capacio). They were able to contribute when they needed it most including the energy,” said Perasol.

Ravena is happy to finally break out as he gave credit to his brother Kiefer for helping him overcoming the pressure.

“Hindi na ako kinakabahan,” said Thirdy. “Before, I would always play na rat-rat, na hindi ko alam kung ano ang ginagawa ko sa court. Pero at least, kahit papaano, naka-slow down na ako.”

“Tinutulungan ako ng brother ko na mag-focus, isipin kung ano ‘yung nangyayari, and find a way to help the team,” he added.

The former Blue Eaglets star hopes the game will be the start of something big.

“Of course, ‘yung energy ko, sana ma-contribute ko sa team. Kahit konti lang sa offensive. Do what coach wants me to do,” he said.

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