Thirdy Ravena lost his chance of capturing a third straight Mythical Five selection when he was slapped with a one-game ban last week.
Ateneo's veteran forward was suspended following an unsportsmanlike foul on UP's Paul Desiderio last October 14. According to league rules, Ravena is now disqualified from receiving any individual awards this season.
This means that for the first time in five years, a Ravena will not be included in the Mythical Team. Thirdy kept the family tradition alive after his older brother, Kiefer Ravena, made it two in a row from Seasons 77 to 78. But the younger Ravena refuses to dwell on the wasted opportunity.
"I can't do anything about it," he said. "Instead of dwelling on what's negative, I turn that energy into how I can help my team better and how I can make my teammates look good inside the court."
Although he was not physically present at the Big Dome when the Blue Eagles overpowered the FEU Tamaraws last Saturday, Ravena made sure that he was still there for the team every step of the way.
"Even though he wasn't gonna play last game, he helped his teammates get ready. He still worked hard in practice to help his teammates," shared Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.
"To be honest, the only thing I missed was the 40-minute playing time against FEU," said Ravena. "I did not miss any training. I just didn't play one game. That's how I take it, I always take things positively."
When he returned to action on Wednesday, Ravena immediately got back to business as he delivered ten points, five rebounds, and four assists in the Blue Eagles' 90-70 romp of the UE Red Warriors.
"Of course right now, I'm really happy to be back. I couldn't wait to play with my teammates once again. I'm just focused on my team now," he said.
If anything, the suspension just motivated Ravena to work harder. He may not take home an individual award but he can still end the season with a bang as Ateneo continues its quest for back-to-back titles.
"For me, a championship is more important," he said. "There's no sense of fulfillment if you have an individual award but you can't really bring your team with you. So for me, it's more important that all of us on the team will enjoy what we worked hard on."