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    Thirdy Ravena blames rookie jitters after falling flat in UAAP debut for Blue Eagles

    Jul 14, 2014

    ONE field goal attempt, no points in four minutes. That's how Thirdy Ravena’s debut went in the UAAP on Sunday night.

    Blame it on rookie jitters.

    Last year’s UAAP juniors MVP admitted he had first-game jitters as Ateneo played its first match against the Adamson on Sunday, and he believes it could be one of the reasons why he was pulled so quickly.

    “That was my problem. Masyado akong gigil at kinakabahan. Hindi ko nagawa ’yung dapat kong gawin para mas matagal ako sa court. Hopefully, ma-overcome ko ’yun,” said Ravena.

    “Kung ano man ’yung sabihin ni coach Bo (Perasol), nandito lang ako para sumunod kahit ano man ’yun,” said Ravena. “Hopefully, it gets better because we won.”

    The Blue Eagles scored a 79-57 win over the Falcons, an easy match that could have been a big chance for the newcomers to shine. Instead it was Ravena's older brother Kiefer who stood out in the game, pouring in a game-high 22 points.

    Perasol said he was not taking any chances in the game, saying he seized the chance to size up the rookies this early in the season.

    “I was able to see how we could play especially the senior ones but I wasn’t able to give ample time to the rookies. In due time, if they get that experience, they can be better. They will be better, given the time,” said Perasol.

    Thirdy was impressed with his older brother's debut.

    “Grabe ‘yung ginawa niya. It was beyond what is expected of him. Relax relax na dapat siya pero binigay niya lahat. That is something that, for me, I should look up to,” said the younger Ravena.

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    Thirdy also enjoyed the highlight dunk Kiefer did in the first half of the game.

    “Wala akong masabi. Talagang biglaan. Walang nag-expect. Sabi nga niya, pati siya nagulat. Talagang in-enjoy niya ’yung moment,” said Thirdy.

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