The Arena, San Juan
July 21, 2014
Hail the Kief
So it’s confirmed.
Ateneo basketball hotshot Kiefer Ravena and La Salle volleyball star Mika Reyes are an item. Sportsmaryosep saw it himself twice in the last 24 hours. They were seen together in Eastwod in Quezon City Sunday night or moments after the Eagles’ annihilation of the Archers, Reyes’ team. And just now (Monday), during a Season 90 NCAA elimination round game between San Beda and Emilio Aguinaldo the two charming couple sat at the lower box behind the Lions’ bench. Of course, Ravena is watching buddy Baser Amer, or The Hammer from Mendiola, Manila. Sportsmaryosep didn’t bother to ask the two of their real status and just let them be. Although they’re not officially admiting it, their actions have betrayed them. And we’ve seen enough to prove it.
But their love affair isn’t what we’re writing about.
Sorry to disappoint you Joe D’Mango fans, this is all about Kiefer Ravena and his basketball. Perhaps next time. You see, the Ateneo team captain just became the UAAP Press Corps’ ACCEL Quantum/316 Player of the Week.
And here’s how the story goes.
Kiefer Ravena is a man on a mission. Perhaps the proper thing to say is a man in love. Whatever, he has been doing a Yeoman’s job in carrying the Ateneo Eagles to where it belongs in the UAAP Season 77 pecking order–The top.
Displaying the same lethal form that bedazzled collegiate basketball fandom, and perhaps Mika Reyes’ heart, an inspired Ravena unleashed 14 of his career-high 29 points in a 97-86 dismantling of reigning champion La Salle in another chapter of the never-ending La Salle-Ateneo saga before a mammoth crowd of 17,344 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
I mean come on. Was it coincidence that Ravena’s career game came at a time when these two love birds met? I mean I’ve never in my life saw The Kief play like this. My favorite moment in that game was when he rifled in four jaw-dropping triples in one critical stretch in the fourth quarter. He eventually finished five-of-seven from rainbow country and perfect in Mika Reyes’ heart. People, I’m no Papa Jack but I know you’re getting my drift.
Back to basketball, Ravena’s effort earned him the weekly plum backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J alcohol, Mighty Mom anti-bacteria and bestowed by the country’s top sportswriters including, ahem, yours truly, Sportsmaryosep. Ravena also had 22 points in Ateneo’s 79-57 bashing of Adamson last July 13, enough to edge University of the East’s Super Roi Sumang and National U’s Gelo Alolino. In those two wins, Ravena, a former Rookie of the Year winner, is averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
“It was one summer of really working hard. It also pays off na nasa kondisyon ka,” says Ravena, who missed a couple of games early last season due to injury. “It’s a good win definitely. We really stepped up,” said Ravena. “Natalo namin ang defending champions but that does not say anything. It’s not that times two yung panalo kapag tinalo mo ang defending champion. It’s still 2-0,” he adds.
I was tempted to pop the question that everyone should have asked but wasn’t brave enough to do so. Until spin.ph’s Reuben Terrado launched it. He didn’t officially say they’re an item but he “wished” Mika had cheered for him. I guess Mika did while at the same time felt some pain that her alma mater lost.
So that’s about it.
By the way, do you know that Kiefer’s parents had a similar love story? Yes folks, they have with Bong, a cage star during his UE Warriors days, and Mozzie, a volleyball star at University of Santo Tomas, ending up marrying and making super athlete kids like Kiefer and younger brother Thirdy. So if Bong and Mozzy can produce children like these, I wonder what will happen to Kiefer and Mika? Well that’s another story two decades from now assuming they ended up living happily ever after. Do I hear wedding bells?
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(Photos by Paul Ryan Tan of Slam Phl, Kiefer Ravena and The Manansala)