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Kiefer downplays explosive PBA debut: ‘I just tried to play my game’

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena downplayed his impressive PBA debut on Wednesday, wherein he was named Player of the Game after leading the Road Warriors to a 119-115 victory over the Kia Picanto.

Ravena rarely showed signs of nerves, as he immediately dished an assist in his first possession in the big league, then splashed a three-pointer for his first field goal as a professional.

ATHLETICISM. Ravena muscles his way through the Kia defense. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler
The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player finished with a team-high 18 points while adding 12 assists and seven rebounds in the win. He drew praise from head coach Yeng Guiao, who predicted that the rookie will be "a very special player" in the league.

Ravena acknowledged that he breathed a sigh of relief after a good start to the contest. He had six points and five assists in the first quarter alone – already a solid output.

"Sobrang swerte ko lang na na-shoot ko kaagad 'yung una kong tira," he said. "After noon, okay na, na-kalma na ako."

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