Thirdy Ravena hopes he’s making PH proud of his Japan stint

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) – More than just for his personal gain, former Ateneo Blue Eagle star Thirdy Ravena said his Japanese B. League stint is a perfect opportunity to showcase how good Filipinos are in playing basketball.

“Hopefully, all Filipinos who are watching me are proud of me. I’m doing this with the best of my abilities to represent not just myself but my country and all the basketball players in the Philippines,” Ravena told CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon on Thursday.

The 23-year old Ravena hopes that his Japan league stint will somehow uplift the spirit of Filipinos in these trying times as the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic and successive onslaught of typhoons.

Ravena, who has played three games with San-en NeoPhoenix, revealed that he is overwhelmed by the support he is receiving as the first Filipino to play in the Japanese professional basketball league.

The 6’2 shooting guard added that he was surprised that many Filipinos in Japan are travelling for long hours just to see him play.

“I didn’t know that I have that much supporters," he said. "People are messaging me more now and I hope I make them proud.”

In his three games with San-en NeoPhoenix, Ravena averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as his club so far compiled a 1-2 win-loss record.

The three-time UAAP champion scored his season high 18 points on Wednesday in a close 84-85 loss against Osaka Evessa. Ravena and San-en split their first two games against Shimane Susanoo Magic.

Ravena and his team will next face Alvark Tokyo in successive games this weekend.