The oldest member of 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finalist Magnolia Hotshots may not be producing monster numbers game in and game out, but if there’s something that he’s doing at this late stage of his career, it’s getting the job done in both ends of the court.
Rafi Reavis, at 41 years old and already the proud owner of 11 championship rings, is playing in his 18th title series and still providing the intangibles and even the numbers, if the need arises.
The 6-foot-8 beanpole is currently up against no less than 5-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo and has not only held his own against the taller and heftier Cebuano but has even upstaged him at times.
Reavis poured in 16 points and hauled down 15 rebounds in his team’s latest win against the Philippine Cup defending champions last Sunday at the Smart Aranea Coliseum. He defended Fajardo for most parts of the game and limited the gentle giant to 17 points on a paltry 4 of 11 shooting from the field. The SMB starting center also committed a game-high 6 turnovers, no thanks to the spunk and hustle exhibited by the much older Reavis.
“I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping it’s a W. So you know, the thing with me is one point, 15 points, two rebounds, 10 rebounds, or nothing, it’s all the same to me. The only difference is the W and that’s all I care about,” said the Magnolia team captain after the game.
With regards to guarding the most dominant player in the league today and probably in the years to come, Reavis had this to say.
“I just respect who he is. He’s a great player and you just have to do your best and live with the outcome. Maybe, he just had an off-night tonight, I don’t know, but you just try to do your best.”