Fallen Eagle: Ravena to miss Ateneo-La Salle tiff

Michael Angelo Jugado
Five-time UAAP champion Ateneo will have to deal with archrival De La Salle University sans star guard Kiefer Ravena

FALLEN EAGLE. Kiefer Ravena will miss first meeting of Ateneo-La Salle in UAAP Season 76 due to injury. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines — Mired in a 0-2 hole to begin the season, 5-time UAAP champion Ateneo will have to deal with archrival De La Salle University sans star guard Kiefer Ravena on Sunday, July 7, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ravena, tipped by many this season to carry the Blue Eagles following the departure of Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and Justin Chua to graduation, is nursing a sprained ankle that forced him to sit out Ateneo’s stinging 75-79 loss to the FEU Tamaraws.

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He saw limited minutes in the Diliman 5’s opener against NU, which resulted into a loss, 54-64, as well.

The latest saga in the storied Ateneo-La Salle rivalry on Sunday is expected to draw an SRO crowd. It marks the second straight game that Ravena will not suit up for Ateneo and the first against the Green Archers.

With Ravena out indefinitely, other players are expected to deliver for the Blue and White like what fifth-year veteran Ryan Buenafe did in their game against FEU. He scored a career-high 29 points to go along with his 15 rebounds – Rappler.com

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