NLEX Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena top-scored once more for his team with 21 points to go along with 5 assists, 1 rebound and no turnover in 31 minutes of play during Game 5 of their semis duel with the Magnolia Hotshots.
Ravena’s effort though wasn’t enough as NLEX absorbed an 87-78 beating to go down 2-3 in the best-of-seven series.
The 24-year old product of Ateneo de Manila University, however, won’t take the same route of his coach Yeng Guiao who blasted game officials for committing glaring missed calls that deprived the team of a chance to win.
“Breaks of the game weren’t going our side, but we’ll take this loss in stride, learn from it. We’ll see how it goes in the next game,” said Ravena on the tough loss.
Magnolia broke the game wide open in the 4th and even with the NLEX super rookie pouring in 10 points in the payoff period, the Hotshots came up with all the answers and even established an 18-point lead late in the game. To make things worse, the Road Warriors started missing their shots during the crucial stretch, something which Ravena attributed to the tight Magnolia defense.
“I would summarize it all in that five-minute stretch where we couldn’t buy baskets, a corner three from Larry, Alex, layup from Cyrus, lahat nagmimintis on their shots they normally make. Credit to the defense of Magnolia as well,” he added.