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Ravena, Pessumal rank their top Ateneo-La Salle moments



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Both pundits and fans alike have dubbed the Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry game as the Greatest Rivalry in all of Philippine Sports.

The game, be it in the regular season game or a playoff matchup, draws thousands to the arenas – and arena owners have battled for the rights to host the event – and produces high television ratings.

For a student-athlete coming from either school, it’s the game that they sorely miss once they move on from the college game. Just ask former De La Salle Green Archer Joseph Yeo and former Ateneo Blue Eagle LA Tenorio [READ: The Ninja and the Lieutenant: comparing Manila Clasico to La Salle-Ateneo rivalry].

Last Sunday, two seniors from the highly-regarded recruitment class of 2010 may have played their last Ateneo-La Salle game. Smart Elite ambassadors Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal, together with the rest of the Blue Eagles, were able to best their rivals De La Salle University to keep pace with the University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University in the standings.

In his five playing years in the UAAP, Ravena has compiled a 7-3 record against La Salle. In those ten games, Ravena averaged 19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals. On the other hand, Von Pessumal balanced his slate with a 4-4 record against their rivals. In the eight games he played against La Salle, he has norms of nine points on 39.65% FG% and 81% FT%, one three-pointer, and 3.5 rebounds.

Tiebreaker Times had the opportunity to speak with the two seniors and ask them to rank their best moments from the Rivalry.

Ravena and Pessumal’s #3 Moment: Second Round UAAP Season 78
Ateneo (9-4) defeats La Salle (5-7), 73-62

November 8, 2015

Von Pessumal 17 points, six rebounds, 2 3FGM, 40% FG, 7/9 FT
Kiefer Ravena 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, 7/10 FT

The two seniors ranked their potentially last Ateneo-La Salle game last Sunday as third on their list.

Ravena was more than happy to have his team come out on top after a tumultuous week for the Blue Eagles. “This game is probably the third. Sobrang nakakatuwa, very special dahil sa lahat ng pinagdaanan namin this week,” the Ateneo skipper said about it. “We had the opportunity to be closer as a team. We took everything positively.”

Pessumal was nostalgic after the game as he reflected on how he will miss the Rivalry match-up. “Mixed emotions for me. I’ve been in the Ateneo my whole life and this is the last time I’ll be facing win. I’m happy for the win but sad that I won’t be playing in this atmosphere again,” he disclosed. “Next time alumni na ko and I’m watching the game na lang. This is special for me especially after the bad press we’ve received. I also love how the crowd responded in this game.”

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Pessumal’s #2 Moment: First Round UAAP Season 77
Ateneo (2-0) defeats La Salle (0-2), 97-86

July 20, 2014

Von Pessumal 21 points, 47% FG%, 2 3FGM, seven rebounds, three assists

“Last year, first round I guess. I think I had a 21-point game coming off the bench,” Pessumal said.

The game, according to the Smart Elite ambassador, gave him the confidence that we see in his game today. “It was a good moment for me to get my confidence back and my groove back. I think that game helped me a lot moving forward.”

Ravena’s #2 Moment: First Round UAAP Season 74
Ateneo (2-0) defeats La Salle (0-2), 81-72

July 16, 2011

Kiefer Ravena 24 points, 50% FG%, 2 3FGM, ten rebounds, two assists, five steals

“The second was my first ever Ateneo-La Salle game.”

In Ravena’s UAAP debut, the Blue Eagles played the Adamson University Soaring Falcons. The Falcons squad, led by Alex Nuyles and Roider Cabrera, were able to hold the then-rookie Atenean to a scoreless outing in 14 minutes of action.

In his second game, that season’s Rookie of the Year made a grand statement on the biggest stage, dropping a double-double against the Green-and-White with a 24 point-10 rebound outing. Moreover, the game proved that Ravena was indeed the “Phenom”.

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Pessumal’s #1 Moment: First Round UAAP Season 75
Ateneo (3-1) defeats La Salle (2-2), 71-61

July 28, 2012

Von Pessumal Two points in six minutes

No one ever forgets their first.

“The very first one was in my sophomore year. In my earlier years, I wasn’t really used much but coach Norman [Black] put me in the game for around four or maybe three minutes,” Pessumal recalled.

In his first game of Season 75, Pessumal scored his first field goal in the said game. “I got to score my first two points of the season against La Salle.”

“It was very memorable for me not just because it is an Ateneo-La Salle game but also it was my first points of the season. It was my very first field goal if I remember correctly.”

Nothing beats the first but for Kiefer Ravena there’s this moment.

Ravena’s #1 Moment: Final Four UAAP Season 75
Ateneo eliminates La Salle, 66-63

September 29, 2012

Kiefer Ravena 28 points, 12 rebounds, six assists

“I didn’t want to lose for my seniors and for the Ateneo community who came to watch us play,” Ravena said after that game.

“Well siguro, yung favorite Ateneo-La Salle moment was when we faced them in the Final Four. We were down 11 points going into the final quarter, we had to catch-up and [eventually] win the game,” the Ateneo captain recalled about the game.

But what made it more special for him were the implications the game had. “We knocked them out and that was the five-peat kasi and that was our last championship. It was a hard-fought game and buti na lang nanalo kami,” he added.

Ravena, though, hopes they can face La Salle one last time in saying, “hindi pa naman huli yung lahat. If given a chance, we will probably see each other again.”

“Sabi nga ni Jeron, ‘we will see each other again’ and we will be ready for that challenge.”

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Marc Pingris wants Rafi Reavis to break Robert Jaworski’s record



Marc Pingris was all praises for veteran Rafi Reavis Saturday night, as the 40-year-old center made his presence felt in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 97-91 victory — their third straight win — over Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The six-foot-nine Reavis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks — a performance perfectly punctuated by a follow-up of a Paul Lee miss with 12.5 seconds left to play that knocked out the Fuel Masters for good.

“Papasalamat ako kay Rafi na talagang kababalik lang niya pero binigay niya talaga lahat,” said Pingris after the bout, as Saturday night was just Reavis’ second outing in the 2018 Philippine Cup after recovering from a hip injury.

“Nag-usap nga kami kanina e, hindi pa siya 100 percent. So bukas, ang sabi niya babalik daw siya sa gym dahil gusto niya ibalik yung lakas ng legs dahil wala pa daw,” added the 36-year-old, who also suffered a hip injury last season.

Reavis has been playing in the league for 16 years. Seeing the work he has put in, Pingris, who finished the game with 17 rebounds, four assists, four points and two blocks, believes that the 10-time PBA champion can play for 10 more years — at least.

“You know naman Rafi eh, katulad ko rin yan eh – rebound and depensa. At tsaka sobrang vocal siya sa team eh,” beamed Pingris, who himself is a 14-year veteran. “Walang siyang inaano, talagang sinasabihan niya kung sino yung mga nagmi-mistake, kung paano kami mag-adjust, so nakikinig naman lahat sa kanya.

“Talagang nandun yung respeto namin kay Rafi.”

And if Reavis stays healthy for the next decade, Pingris wants Reavis to exceed Jaworki’s 958 games played — third most all time.

“Nasa kanya yun, basta kaya mo ba eh. As a player, kung masipag ka naman at may disiplina sa sarili mo, kaya niya yun.”

Still, Reavis has a lot of catching up to do.

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Altas surge to fifth straight win, slam Heavy Bombers



Pulling double-digit scoring outings from three spikers, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93 after a straight-set triumph over thr Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ronniel Rosales topped the Altas with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks. Team captain Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel added 12 markers apiece.

The Altas dominated every scoring category, recording 44 attacks to JRU’s 26, five blocks to the Bombers’ zero, and three aces to JRU’s one.

Breezing through the first half of the season, Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar lauded his team’s consistency and hoped they continue getting better as they aim for a championship.

“So far, masasabi kong maganda ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Consistent naman ang mga galaw nila and focused sila sa mga laban,” said Acaylar.

“Pero alam nilang may ibubuga pa sila. We still need to get better and reach the championship level. Kailangan hindi mawala ‘yung ganito naming killer instinct,” the decorated mentor added.

The Altas take on a major test on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face fellow undefeated squad Arellano Chiefs (4-0).

Wenjo Lahaylahay led the Bombers with 10 points while captain Patrick Rabaja managed seven.

JRU (0-5) limps into their Wednesday showdown against defending champs College of Saint Benilde (3-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Rosales 13, Almodiel 12, Taneo R. 12, Muhali 7, Ramos 5, Atentar 1, Catipay 1, Salo 1, Bation 0, Solamilo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)

JRU (0) – Lahaylahay 10, Rabaja 7, Sulivas 6, Salazar 4, Cebrero 1, Soriano 1, Cruz 0, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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Mixed Martial Arts

Rene Catalan continues rampage with TKO win



Rene Catalan continues to turn critics into believers

Filipino fighter Rene Catalan made his sixth appearance inside the ONE Championship cage at ONE: Kings of Courage, held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Saturday evening. He faced 21-year-old Chinese athlete Peng Xue Wen in the opening main card bout, and leaned on his elite wushu skills to stop the young star at the 4:22 mark of the second round.

The victory improves Catalan’s record to 4-2 (1 NC), extends his winning streak to four, and gives him the first TKO stoppage of his martial arts career, as he bids to climb the strawweight ladder in search of the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

“The Challenger” came out in the southpaw stance to open the bout, throwing big hooks and a head kick that narrowly missed as he established the center of the cage from the start of the contest.

The Filipino landed a host of powerful strikes, including a perfectly-placed uppercut and a melee of punishing leg kicks, but Peng’s conditioning and composure kept him in the match as he looked to stand and trade with the man 18 years his elder.

Catalan picked up where he left off when the bout resumed in the second round, this time operating out of the orthodox stance, landing more leg kicks and continuing to deny Peng any space to work.

Despite his dominance on the feet, there was a brief moment of concern for the Filipino on the mat when he jumped into the Chinese wrestler’s guard mid-way through the second round, and immediately found himself in a triangle choke. But the Filipino kept his composure and managed to work himself free.

Once the fighters returned to their feet, Catalan poured on the pressure in search of a finish, and he got it with just 38 seconds remaining in the stanza.

“The Challenger” scored big with a liver shot, then unloaded a fierce flurry of punches that forced Peng onto his back foot. Another shot forced Peng to the mat, where a salvo of ground and pound from Catalan eventually forced the TKO stoppage as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest.

Photo, story, and video from ONE Championship

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Gelo Alolino regrets Phoenix’s failure to close out Hotshots



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Gelo Alolino had his best game for the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Saturday night at the Cuneta Astrodome with 19 points, eclipsing his previous career-high of 16 markers which he made last May 21, 2017 in a loss to the Mahindra Floodbuster.

But his achievement won’t be too memorable, as it went for naught following a 91-97 defeat at the hands of Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots, who have now collected their third straight victory.

For the second overall pick in the regular 2016 Rookie Draft, it was all because of their failure to sustain momentum up until the game’s final buzzer.

“Sayang, nandun na. We felt na sa amin na nung dulo kaso lang ganun talaga,” rued the 24-year-old sophomore after the match, where he shot an excellent 7-of-10 from the floor.

“Breaks of the game napunta sa kabila.”

Phoenix were in contention all throughout the match. In fact, they were even ahead, 89-84, with just three minutes left to play. But the Hotshots’ comeback skills were unleashed, leading to the narrow win.

“Siyempre kami lahat nasayangan. Maganda naman yung team effort talaga namin,” admitted the 6-foot floor general of their end-game collapse, which wasted their efforts in assists (21) and on defense, where they forced Magnolia to 21 turnovers.

“Kami as players talagang gusto namin bumawi coming from a loss last game sa Rain or Shine.

The Fuel Masters have now lost their second straight outing and have dropped to 2-3. And for Alolino, all they have to do is learn as much as they can from this loss, especially now that they are about to face the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel next.

“Yun nga. Medyo masakit para sa’min ‘to,” admitted the National University product.

“All we have to do is magviview ulit kami ng tape para makita kung saan kami mas pwede mag-improve as a team and bawat isa — including me.”

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