Wednesday, March 14, 2018
MANILA – NLEX Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena said they have learned lessons at they dealt with Magnolia Hotshots.
Hotshots pushed Road Warriors to the ground 99-84 in Game 2 of their semifinals series in the PBA Philippine Cup on Monday.
Ravena told the press after their loss that they will try to regain the series lead in Game 3 that starts 7 o’clock tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We started out pretty well and we just couldn’t match the energy of Magnolia,” Ravena said. “And coach Yeng (Guiao), the numerous battles, the numerous seven-game series he’s won and lost. Alam niya na kung paano laruin iyong minuto ng mga tao niya.”
“You know, sinasabi nga ni (assistant) coach (Jojo Lastimosa) na there are certain games that we really have to be smart about, and there was a certain game that we kind of played out of our system, and Magnolia took advantage of that,” he added.
The former Ateneo Blue Eagle also gave credit to Hotshots guard Jio Jalalon for clamping on him on the defensive end to finish with 9 points, seven assists and five turnovers.
“The battles we played internationally and the practices we had together, meron at meron ka talagang matututunan kung paano iyong tendencies ng isang tao,” Ravena said. “Siguro inako niya na gusto niya akong depensahan kasi nga kilala niya ako.”
“We learn from this, rest, forget about this, and be ready for Wednesday,” Ravena added. “I’ll be ready. I can’t be playing like this, especially in a semifinals series.”/PN