“They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, tries to drive past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee’s 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks’ season opener on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “I passed the ball to Delly,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter— and the biggest assist of the game, as well. “And that’s what Delly does.”One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward — perhaps for the entire year — the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAntetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Dellavedova scored 15 points, including the 3-pointer with 45 seconds left after the Celtics cut the lead to two points.“I thought Giannis made a great play at the end, trusting his teammate,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “Just to trust his teammate down at the end to make a play … he got off the ball and Delly made a big shot.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut, and Jaylen Brown had 18 in a subdued home opener for the Celtics, who underwent a near-complete overhaul over the summer even after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.Although Irving and No. 3 draft pick Jayson Tatum appeared in a Celtics home uniform for the first time, Hayward was left to wish them well in a pregame video in his hospital gown from his hospital bed. After cheering Hayward during his scoreboard appearance, the Celtics fans broke into a chant of his name during the first half.“Like he told us before the game, we got that message — before the whole arena got the message — he’s fine,” Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. “Personally, it was tough seeing, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve just got to adjust.”But the team was unable to make up for the absence of the player who was expected to be their key offseason acquisition when he signed a four-year, $128 million contract to rejoin Brad Stevens, his college coach, in Boston.The Celtics trailed by seven heading into the third quarter before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking a 69-64 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the Bucks regained the lead with six minutes to play, holding Boston without a basket for about five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP FIGHTING WORDSBoston’s Marcus Smart and Dellavedova traded hard fouls early in the second quarter, leading to some shoving and a technical foul for the Celtics guard. First, Smart went to the floor with a bit of a hip check. Later, Smart seemed to embellish his fall when Dellavedova ran into his screen.Smart came up and put his chest into the Bucks guard, and Milwaukee’s John Henson reached in to try to restrain him. Dellavedova was called for a common foul and Smart was given a technical.TIP-INSBucks: Returned to the road for their season opener. Before opening at home the past two seasons, the Bucks had tipped off on the road for 30 years in a row. … Greg Monroe went to the locker room in the first quarter with a cut on the side of his head, near his right eye, and said he had “a couple of” stitches. He and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes…. Antetokounmpo’s 37 points were the third-most in his career.Celtics: No. 3 overall draft pick Tatum had eight points and nine rebounds. … Brown had his left wrist taped after the game and said “sprained it or something.”UP NEXTBucks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night. 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Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time “Last year, we lost in Game 6. This year, we pushed it to Game 7,” said Durham, putting spotlight on how close Meralco was on claiming its first title in franchise history.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurham put up another valiant effort in the final game of the season, unleashing 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine assists as the Bolts fought back from as much as 20 points down before fizzling out in the end.But the two-time Best Import was man enough to admit that just like last time, Ginebra was the better team. Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Eventually, something’s got to give.That was how Allen Durham described Meralco’s 101-96 Game 7 defeat to Ginebra as the Bolts finished as bridesmaids anew for the second straight PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a hard fought game. We started a little too late with the spots. But you know, they’re a great team. They kept their foot on the gas, so we got to figure out a way to come out with more intensity at the start so we don’t get down,” he said.There’s no reason for Durham and the rest of the Bolts to not to keep their head high knowing that the future could only be bright.READ: Meralco import Durham fined P30k for Game 5 comments “Eventually, when Ranidel de Ocampo comes back and some of the other pieces that they added — Garvo (Lanete) and the young guys, they’re definitely heading into the right direction,” he said. “The guys really don’t have nothing to hang their head about. We fought good. We lost to a good team. We don’t have to be ashamed or anything like that and we gotta keep working.”As for Durham, he’s just hoping to get one more shot and earn another return ticket next season, wishing that third time will definitely be the charm for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES “Hopefully, I can come back next year as we go at it again. It was a hard fought series. It’s tough and it hurts, but we got to figure out a way to get over this hump. I really wanna win with this group of guys. They work so hard, we work so hard and we’re gonna keep going at it,” he said.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe original deal included the package of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Isaiah Thomas (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatradeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
India’s woman boxer M C Mary Kom on Saturday claimed a historic fifth successive World Championship title, beating Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6 in the final in Bridgetown (Barbados).Mary Kom, who competed in the 48kg category, had defeated Alice Kate Aparri of Philippines 8-1 in semifinal on Friday to assure herself of at least a silver in the sixth edition of the competition.The former Khel Ratna awardee from Manipur thus remained the only boxer to have won a medal in each edition of the World Championship.Duta had defeated Kazakhstan’s Nazgul Boranbayeva 10-5 in the semifinal.
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SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian,SAME OLD STORY: Sourav Ganguly after losing the Mumbai ODI to EnglandWhat are India’s chances of winning the World Cup? In hockey later this month, not bad at all. In cricket, exactly a year from now – less than zero.Too much time in the sun, you think? Typical hysterical Indian reaction to the one-day series against England? Most of all, far too early to panic?In fact, not a moment too soon. What England left behind, other than mass depression, were Nasser Hussain’s words, “Put the Indians under pressure and they tend to crack.” Hussain, a curious mix of bottle and whine in India, said it over and over again. Over and over again, the Indians obliged. Leading the one-day series’ 2-1, they let England draw level and leave puffed with “moral” victory.There was deathly silence in the Indian dressing room at Mumbai, when for the third time in a month the Indians cracked while chasing a total more than 250. For a side that is known by the stardust of its batting, India’s performances from 2000 onwards, including nine straight losses in series finals, is like a ticking package: it could merely be a clock marking time or a bomb that rips into Indian hopes at the World Cup in South Africa 2003.Click here to EnlargeSays Indian team coach John Wright: “We have to understand what sort of team will win the cup-a quality fielding team with batting up to No. 8, a high-class batter who can bowl or keep wickets and specialist bowlers who can keep it tight in the slog overs.”Oh dear.advertisementOther teams have identified those personnel, their results from 2000 onwards indicate progress. England lost 13 straight games before beating Zimbabwe 5-0 and coming back from behind against India. New Zealand have beaten Australia three times in their last four games.Among the second-rung teams considered roughly on a par, only the West Indies and the recently rejuvenated Kiwis trail behind India in terms of win percentages. The national side remains a 50-50 team, and one-off sides don’t usually win a World Cup.Twenty-one-over 60 per cent-of 34 Indian defeats from 2000 onwards have come chasing totals. Against England a bunch of young batsmen who were put in front of the headlights of pressure, froze.Captain Sourav Ganguly defended his “inexperienced” batsmen but the brat pack is clearly not ready to seize a situation by the scruff as a matter of habit. Strangely each of them had begun looking like they could.Yuvraj Singh as early as the summer of 2000, Hemang Badani against the Australians and now Dinesh Mongia versus England have all won one-dayers on their own, but cannot produce regular sequels.On the other hand, these cricketers are worth at least a dozen runs in the field each, a skill not to be discounted. But for a team which considers batting as its strength, this is a gaping crack and it must be filled in by the World Cup.Click here to EnlargeWright, who even called chasing the “nemesis” of the Indian team against England, breaks the dilemma down into its working parts, “What we need is some glue: batsmen in the middle who can rotate the strike at about 80 per cent, keep a cool head when it’s time to collect.”After the hunters at the top – Tendulkar, Ganguly, Sehwag – do their job, it’s the gatherers who lose their way. “To be honest, no team likes /to chase,” says Robin Singh, one of the best middle-order finishers and fielders to play for India. “But the first thing is you have to make sure you play safe cricket and run hard, know what you can and cannot do.”It is where England managed to fight back in the one-day series, with an unglamorous and as “inexperienced” a line-up that just put its head down and ran more. In fact, Hussain’s men had a poorer net run rate than India, scored fewer runs in the series and hit lesser boundaries.The reason they won tight games: fewer “dot” balls (those off which runs are not scored), more singles, more twos, almost double the number of threes. Even the three hunters at the top were guilty of fuzzy logic when the field spread and their boundaries got fewer.There is a case for even moving one of the three-Tendulkar, even-to the middle, to guide the greenhorns and lead the charge home. Former India batsman Dilip Sardesai says, “They need some experience in the middle order.”Singh thinks a reason for the regular panic could be because none of the newcomers bats so low for their state teams. “It’s not an easy spot. When you are thrust in there, you come across situations you’ve never faced before. If you bat there regularly at six, you can think clearly in the crunch,” he says.advertisementWHO’S THE MAN? (From left) Mohammed Kaif, Hemang Badani and Dinesh Mongia failed to finish well against EnglandIt is about finding the bits-and-pieces man who is more than the sum of his bits and pieces. “We don’t have a single quality allrounder. I think we’ve left things too late,” says former India wicket-keeper Kiran More. Usually, people do not like to be proved wrong. But in the case of Indian cricket and the anticipated bleakness of its tomorrows, no one would like to be proved right either.Between now and the World Cup, India are scheduled to play at least 23 one-day internationals. Each of those 23 games could be a rung up a ladder or lurch down a blind alley. It depends entirely on those involved-officials, selectors, captain, coach and individual players.They have not all pulled in the same direction; the latest example being the selectors’ decision to drop Harbhajan Singh even before the series against England was won.If selections made from now fulfil whims rather than filling slots, the team is doubly doomed. It is time for those given chances to choose between the timid safety of the fringes, which they opted for against England, or the white heat of the centrestage.After the Mumbai game, Wright put out Indian cricket’s “situation vacant” notice, “What we need is a player to put up his hand and say, ‘Pick me. I’ll get you the runs. I’m the man.'” By the time 2003 comes around, one of “the Boys” will have to be that man.
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Purefoods team manager Alvin Patrimonio.ANTIPOLO CITY—It took a while before Magnolia Hotshot again the felt the weight of the trophy in their hands.But that long and arduous trek to back to the top of the PBA only made the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup championship sweeter for Alvin Patrimonio and his longtime team.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s the timing of this all,” said Patrimonio. “This is a blessing from God, and we’ve waited so long for this. But the guys, the coaching staff worked hard for this and the management had the patience.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlo Biado makes World 9-Ball Championship quarterfinals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Magnolia Hotshots celebrate the end of their title drought. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPatrimonio, a four-time MVP who remains the face of the Purefoods franchise years removed from his heyday, has been managing the team since mid 2000s and saw the Hotshots go from one of the most dominant to one of near obscurity.From a rare Grand Slam in 2014, just the fourth time the coveted title sweep was completed in the PBA, Magnolia went on a drastic dive after head coach Tim Cone was sent to save Barangay Ginebra.Cone was able to lead the Gin Kings to three titles from 2014 until including the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup while the Hotshots used that time to find their groove and recover from the stumbles of former head coach, now assistant, Jason Webb.Webb, a beloved deputy in the Hotshots’ bench, struggled as lead coach accumulating a sorry record of 11-22 before Victolero got hired to right the ship and lead the team to third-best 23-10 card in the 2016-17 season.And it’s this struggle that made the journey better to watch for Patrimonio.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion As a player, the Captain led the franchise now known as Magnolia to its first six PBA titles then witnessed the team win eight more championships as his role as team manager.Used to winning his entire career, Patrimonio knew exactly how good it felt for the Hotshots to finally exorcize their demons and vanquished Alaska in six games to their first crown since the Grand Slam in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“This is sweet because it’s been four years in the making and we had a lot of trials, a lot of challenges, and a lot of changes in the team,” said Patrimonio after Magnolia’s 102-86 Game 6 win Wednesday at Ynares Center here.“I’m just amazed with how this team played,” he added. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ The Philippines had just secured a ticket back to the Fiba World Cup and Ravena is keen on making the lineup especially with his older brother Kiefer already cleared to play when that time comes.“I really, really, really miss my brother playing. He’s been such an inspiration and motivation for me to just keep pushing myself as well because that’s what he does,” said Thirdy, who was among the major awardees during the 2018 PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Just the fact that there’s actually a possibility for that to happen just makes me more motivated to try and do my best to make the lineup.”The two became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas after Kiefer played in the second window of the qualifying tournament last March two months before news broke about his 18-month suspension by Fiba due to doping. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy was a late addition to the national team pool and many even considered him to be a long shot to make the Philippines’ 12-man lineup and yet the prolific forward defied the odds and played in both games against Qatar and Kazakhstan.“Surreal until now that I was able to represent the country at the highest level,” Thirdy said.“The fact that I was around such great players and coaches for a short amount of time, was really big especially for a collegiate player like me to be around those guys who have represented the country for numerous times. I really learned a lot from them.”Seeing the two Ravenas on the Philippines’ World Cup roster appear to be a far-fetched reality for now, but there’s still a possibility—no matter how slim the chances are—that it could happen.“Why not?” Thirdy said with a grin.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lourdes Clemente slowly showing true potential for La Salle as she adjusts to UAAP grind PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena lived the dream when he made his debut for Gilas Pilipinas in the last two games of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Ravena is grateful for the experience that a collegiate player like him could only wish for but the Ateneo superstar is far from content. ADVERTISEMENT