Though he suffered a loss a day before his 27th birthday, Kiefer Ravena made sure that his week ended right.
Three days following a heartbreaker from Phoenix, Ravena got it back in stunning fashion as NLEX Road Warriors stunned TNT Tropang GIGA, 109-98, Thursday evening.
And it came at the expense of his dad and TNT head coach Bong as well.
“Always a pleasure playing against my first-ever coach,” expressed Ravena.
“Motivated to play well in front of him and ’til this day, he’s my number one critic.”
And Kiefer truly impressed.
Seeing their once 10-point lead dwindle down to five with less than a minute left, Ravena — who was shooting just 3-of-11 from the field — then took matters into his own hands.
Calling for an isolation play, the 6-foot guard decided to go one-one-one against 6-foot-2 defensive specialist Roger Pogoy. Ravena sized Pogoy up, then threw a sidewinder that went in.
Game, set, match.
Ravena ended up with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. More importantly, he helped end the Road Warriors’ two-game skid to rise to a 2-5 record.
Of course, Kiefer would throw a slight jab at dad Bong.
“Love ya pa! Thanks for the belated gift!”