A three-time UAAP Champion and Finals MVP, Thirdy Ravena can light up the scoreboard with his offensive arsenal. He proved this once again when he exploded for 32 points in Game 2 of the last UAAP Finals, which was his last game in the collegiate ranks.
His value to the team, though, stretches beyond his ability to put the ball through the hoop.
As he is still weighing his options on where basketball will take him to next, Ravena took the opportunity to join Mighty Sports Philippines. With the squad, he was able to show his versatility.
Ravena's numbers have been humble in the first two games as he only had 2 points, 2 assists, and a steal against UAE in 17 minutes. He had 2 points, a steal, and a block against Al Ittihad of Syria in 15 minutes. Although these numbers are nowhere near what he usually gave the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Ravena's imprint was certainly evident in those wins.
"When coach Charles (Tiu) talked to me about the possibility of joining Mighty Sports, I looked at the lineup and saw that there were already a lot of scorers in the team," Ravena said. "So I told him I'll do whatever he needs me to do. If he wants me to defend the best player on the other team or help bring the ball down, I'll do it. All I want to do is to help the team win. Whatever it is, I'll do it."
Ravena was a huge part of their defense and ball movement in their first win and he was tasked to slow down Al Ittihad's impressive import Aubrey Coleman in their second win.
"I'm just doing my job like everyone else in the team," Ravena explained. "The mindset is the same (as when I was playing in Ateneo). I want to win. I want to help my team be the best version we can be. In Ateneo, I needed to score. Here, I just need to play defense. Even if I don't get to score, it does not matter to me. It's the challenge of being in a pro team and competing with against pro players."
The value of Ravena goes beyond the box score. His winner's mentality coupled with his ability to do many things on the floor has made him a valuable part of the squad. Although his fans are waiting for an offensive explosion, Ravena is staying patient and focused on the goal: to win the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Championship.