Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena dedicates UAAP title to Ateneo community

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4) — Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena dedicated their ninth UAAP men's seniors basketball championship to the people who supported them all througout the season.

The Blue Eagles dethroned their archrivals De La Salle University Green Archers in a heart-pounding Game 3 finale Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

READ: Ateneo dethrones archrival La Salle to claim ninth UAAP basketball title

"I'm so proud of my team, the coaches, and the community, it's all for them and for God," he said in a post-game press conference.

The high-flying forward was hailed as Finals Most Valuable Player after logging in an average of 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in the three-game series.

Ravena wanted to share the honor with graduating big man Chibueze Ikeh who, he said, did a fine work in containing La Salle's Ben Mbala.

"There are things that people don't see because they're intangibles. I saw Ikeh the whole game, he just did his job, he did his best to limit Ben," he said.

Thirdy led Ateneo with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. But it was his late-game pass to teammate Isaac Go that proved to be the difference.

The Blue Eagles were clinging on to a slim edge with 24.7 seconds left to play when Ravena found Go who buried a clutch three-point shot to seal the deal.

"When I saw Ben, I already knew Isaac was somewhere so I just have to look for him," he said.

"It wasn't a spectacular play, it was just the instruction of the coaches. It's just us doing our jobs, doing it to the best of our abilities, trying to recognize everything in that specific moment," he added.

For Ravena, the Finals MVP award should be given to the entire squad who worked hard day and night.

"The reward isn't for me, the team deserves that award. They all deserve the championship. I'm just doing my job. I'm not doing anything special."

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