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Thirdy takes Kiefer's message to heart

MANILA, Philippines – When Kiefer Ravena was asked what Ateneo de Manila University needed to do in order to beat Far Eastern University in their do-or-die game in the Final 4, he said bluntly: "Thirdy cannot play like that."

Kiefer was referring to his younger brother performance in the Blue Eagles' 80-67 loss last Sunday, wherein Thirdy scored 17 points and had six rebounds, but was unable to impact the game in his usual ways. He had no assists, committed three turnovers, and was a team-worst minus-15 for the contest.

Thirdy Ravena registered 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in Ateneo's semifinals-clinching win over FEU on Wednesday. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
"Kuya" Kiefer was at the Araneta Coliseum for that game, watching before he joined Gilas Pilipinas in practice. He was unable to watch the do-or-die game live on Wednesday, however, with the national team already in Japan ahead of its FIBA World Cup qualifier.

But Kiefer, a two-time UAAP MVP who won two titles with the Blue Eagles, still kept track of Ateneo's game against FEU, and was truly pleased with how his younger brother – and the team as a whole – performed this time around.

"They just had the sense of urgency that was lacking during the first game," Kiefer told ABS-CBN News. "Credit to FEU for preparing really well."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/22/17/uaap-thirdy-takes-kiefers-message-to-heart

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