Thirdy Ravena says trying to emulate MVP brother Kiefer the last thing in his mind
Thirdy Ravena stood out in his UAAP comeback after missing last season, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds against UST. Jerome Ascano

THIRDY Ravena insisted that following the footsteps of his older brother Kiefer is the last thing in his mind as he leads Ateneo in UAAP Season 79.

The younger Ravena was thrust into a leadership role to begin the new era of the Blue Eagles without his two-time UAAP MVP brother, and he didn’t disappoint in his first game after putting up 17 points and 11 rebounds in their win over University of Santo Tomas, 73-69.

Still, he maintained that his focus is on his role with the team, not with matching or even beating his brother’s numbers.

“I don’t think about it. It’s more of focusing on what I can do and do the best thing that I can do in order to help my team and make my teammates better,” said Ravena.

Ravena formed a formidable duo with Aaron Black, who posted 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Their partnership gave Ateneo reasons to feel optimistic this season, but Ravena brushed off the tag of being the one-two punch of the Blue Eagles this season.

“I don’t think about it. Label is just a label. The most important thing is we work as a team. Sa totoo lang, hindi [ko] naman kaya na mag-isa lang. Hindi rin kaya ni Aaron na mag-isa. We need to trust each other, work hard each game, and no one is veering away from the system,” said Ravena.

The 6-foot-2 Ravena also cherished his return to the UAAP after missing out last season due to academic issues. He noted playing with his former teammates dating back from his days in Ateneo high school made him all the more comfortable on the court.

However, he was quick to point out that it’s too early to celebrate despite their winning debut.

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“It feels great to play for the community again along with my teammates. Most of them, from my high school pa. Masaya ‘yung feeling. Good thing, the game went well,” he said.

“UST was great but buti na lang, na-stop namin,” added Ravena. “You can’t get any happier than that. I’m not content. Our focus is the next game.” 

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