NLEX Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena debunked theories that the Yeng-Guiao mentored squad deliberately lost to sister team TNT KaTropa who are in dire need of a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.
With the win, the flagship team of the MVP Group staved off elimination and avoided joining another sister team, the Meralco Bolts, in early vacation.
The game was already a no-bearing one for the Road Warriors since the team already has a lock on a playoff slot and the 26-point defeat at the hands of the KaTropa inevitably sparked talks that the ‘younger sister’ gave a helping hand to the much older one.
Ravena, however, won’t have any of it and immediately doused cold water on the allegations.
“That was one thing that we were really avoiding to hear, na marinig namin sa ibang tao na binigay namin kasi TNT badly needs a win. Siguro that was you know, ganoon talaga, sa sobrang sama ng pinakita namin, ganoon talaga yung lumabas. We can’t blame anybody for that,” said the 24-year old son of former PBA player Bong Ravena.
NLEX was still in the thick if things in the early goings before TNT tore the game apart in the second period. The lead reached as high as 38 points.
Ravena, for his part, had the worst game so far in his young professional career. Coming to the game carrying averages of 16.9 points, 5.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds, the 6-foot-flat product of Ateneo de Manila University could only muster 1 point, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 turnovers in 12 minutes of action.
“I personally just played bad and you know, we just have to bounce back and stay positive going into the second round or the playoffs,” added Ravena.