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The King Eagle takes UAAP Player of the Week honor

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Kiefer Ravena is a man on a mission.

The Ateneo star typified it last week when he towed the Blue Eagles to thrilling back-to-back victories that gave them a share of first place in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament.

“We stayed positive,” said Ravena, who bagged the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honor.

Ateneo joined University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University on top with a 3-1 record, proving that the Blue Eagles have fully recovered from a disappointing 24-point season-opening loss to the Tamaraws.

We know it was too early to be down,” the Smart Elite ambassador said. “We took it as a challenge.”

Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times The King Eagle takes UAAP Player of the Week honor    Ravena displayed his clutch form when the Blue Eagles outlasted National University in a double overtime classic, 74-70, last Wednesday.

“I don’t think we could have won without the heroics of Kiefer twice,” said Ateneo Coach, Bo Perasol, after the Blue Eagles won over the defending champions for the first time in three seasons.

Ravena hit a step-back three-pointer with 5.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into extra session at 57-57, before bailing out the Blue Eagles a second time by scoring on a crucial drive for a 62-62 standoff that forced a second extension. The reigning MVP finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists against the Bulldogs.

In Ateneo’s 77-72 win against University of the East last Saturday, Ravena was clutch again as he buried a pull-up jumper to give the Blue Eagles a 75-70 cushion, with 15.1 seconds remaining. Ravena scored 15 points, and wound up just a rebound and an assist shy of completing his first collegiate triple-double.

Ravena beat out the following student-athletes for this week’s crown:
Reymar Jose (FEU)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times The King Eagle takes UAAP Player of the Week honor
Week Average: 11 points, 13 rebounds
Win over: The University of the Philippines

Edson Batiller (UE)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times The King Eagle takes UAAP Player of the Week honor
Week Average: 21 PPG, 4 APG, 4.5 SPG
Win over Adamson University, Lost to Ateneo de Manila University

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