ATENEO Blue Eagles guard Thirdy Ravena felt nothing but total bliss after seeing brother Kiefer make waves in the courts once again at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, following the latter's 18-month ban.
At the same time, the two-time UAAP Finals MVP didn't expect much from the Phenom, who took almost two years of rest from any basketball-related activity.
"Ang importante he's back, and he had the same mentality that he has had before," he said. "He's that guy who wants to take the last shot, and now, I'm happy that he's still 'that guy.' He's playing again, I'm proud, but I'm not expecting anything big kasi two years siyang nawala, mahirap talaga 'yun, especially sinalang ka kaagad sa world stage."
Kiefer had been the talk of the town after missing a crucial shot during overtime against Angola on Wednesday, in a game that Gilas Pilipinas lost.
Thirdy, who had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists, in Ateneo's UAAP Season 82 win over Adamson, just shook off the negative comments of those who fail to understand the situation.
After all, he knows his brother better than anyone.
"What other people would say doesn't really matter," the younger Ravena said. "That's just basketball — you win some, you lose some. The fact that he's the guy who tries to get the ball during a crucial situation already speaks a lot about his character and his determination to win."