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Ravena says staredown not intended to shame Pessumal

Getting into a skirmish with Von Pessumal had never crossed Kiefer Ravena’s mind ahead NLEX’s meeting against San Miguel on Friday.

To everyone’s surprise, things got a little rough between the former longtime teammates in the highly-physical match that ended in the Beermen’s favor, 109-98.

Ravena was on the receiving end of a shove from Pessumal at the 9:50 mark of the fourth quarter. The former ended on the floor while the latter received a flagrant foul penalty one.

This was after Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak attempt and capped it off with a staredown.

“I did not expect that at all,” said the second overall pick. “If you watched the game, when that fastbreak happened, which was the same exact possession that I challenged him, I looked at him. After that, everything happened there. But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.”

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
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