Kiefer Ravena marked his 27th birthday with a momentous victory against his father Bong Ravena as NLEX took down erstwhile unbeaten TNT in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Thursday win could not have come at a better time for NLEX, which lost 5 of its first 6 games in the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga.
"Love you pa! Thanks for the belated gift," Kiefer, who turned 27 last October 27, wrote in jest as caption to a photo of him and Bong.
Kiefer has been vocal on how Bong drives him to always perform at a high level, and so he did it against the mighty TNT.
The younger Ravena put up 16 points and 9 rebounds off the bench and hit a dagger three-pointer as NLEX dealt Bong and TNT their first defeat after an impressive 5-0 start.
Down 92-101, TNT quickly shaved its deficit to 5 points off back-to-back Ray Parks and Jayson Castro layups only to witness Kiefer answer with a booming triple in the ensuing play.
Kiefer sized up Roger Pogoy and sank a sidestep three-pointer to give NLEX a comfortable 104-96 lead with 50 seconds left.
"Always a pleasure playing against my first ever coach! Motivated to play well in front of him, and 'til this day, he is my No. 1 critic," Kiefer wrote.
Currently at 10th place with a 2-5 record, Kiefer and NLEX look to use the momentum from beating the best team in racking up wins and making a run for the playoffs when the league resumes. (READ: PBA puts Philippine Cup on hold) – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.