ATENEO main man Kiefer Ravena was lost for words when he emerged from the locker room, shortly after his Blue Eagles kissed their title hopes goodbye in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament.
Despite the Blue Eagles' 63-65 loss to fourth seed National University, Ravena held his head high and bravely faced the media waiting for him just outside their dugout at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
"Sakit," was all the fourth-year guard could mutter.
When he was finally able to gather his thoughts, Ravena added, "Being the number one (seed), although we overachieved already by doing that pero hindi 'yun ang goal namin, short lang sa goal (championship)."
More than anything else, Ravena said he was disappointed not to bring senior teammates Nico Elorde and Chris Newsome to the championship in their final season with the team.
"Ang sama lang sa loob kasi as one of the leaders of the team, we were not able to give it to (the graduating players) Nico Elorde (and Newsome) and that's all I ever wanted to give them, makapag-Finals," he said.
Down by two, 63-65, the Blue Eagles had a chance to tie or get the lead with 9.3 seconds remaining but a 20-minute power interruption added to the drama.
When play finally resumed, Ravena said he never saw daylight when took it down the lane as he was met at the basket by hulking NU Alfred Aroga who swatted away the reigning MVP's shot.
"Hindi ko kasi nakita si Aroga, bigla na lang dumilim ang paningin ko, block pala," said Ravena.
The 21-year old Ateneo star, however, was quick to give credit to Aroga's defense not only in the do-or-die game but for the entire season.
"He played good defense all throughout the season," he said.