Ravena puts finishing touches on NLEX win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNot even a flu could stop Kiefer Ravena from helping NLEX in its all-important Game 4 against Magnolia on Friday in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals tiff.Fighting through his sickness, the super rookie  exploded for nine of his team’s last 11 points to help the Road Warriors claim the 91-79 win against the Hotshots and tie the best-of-seven series to two games apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES But for Ravena, his late-game spurt was nothing special.“We already placed ourselves in a good position, that we have a big lead coming into the fourth quarter. That lead really was something that I didn’t want to let go because we know how tough of an opponent Magnolia is,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Road Warriors was holding on to 80-65 advantage in the final five minutes before Ravena caught fire in the end game and delivered the 12-point lead.“During those last five minutes, I just didn’t want to let my team down cause we worked so hard to build that lead,” said the former Ateneo playmaker, who finished the game with 20 points on an 8-of-14 shooting from the field, to go with five assists and three rebounds. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims [email protected]’s @kieferravena just wanted to preserve his team’s lead when he went berserk in the final five minutes of Game 4. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/kKVLLTScz0— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 16, 2018Ravena looked at that fourth quarter as NLEX’s chance to test its resolve  which would be valuable for the squad in the long run as the series turns to a virtual best-of-three.“When they take the lead, they really protect that advantage. And for us to get better, we have to learn how to take care of leads,” he said. “It can’t be that we’ll just get a big lead and eventually falter in the end. If you can build a cushion and make the game better for your team in the end game, you must know how to finish it.”ADVERTISEMENT Team defense key in Road Warriors’ series-tying win As the Road Warriors passed that test with flying colors, Ravena is hoping to see his team sustain the effort when they shoot for the lead in Game 5 on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.“Hopefully, we carry this momentum,” he said. “The series is tied, it’s a best-of-three and take this one, enjoy and savor it for a bit, go back to the drawing board, a few hours wakeup and practice, because we know that Magnolia will make those adjustments. So hopefully, we’d take care of business on our side.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more