The NLEX Road Warriors got its first win behind the great performance from their rookie and defeated the Kia Picanto, 119-115.
This year’s draft second pick Kiefer Ravena wasted no time and proved himself why he should replicate the rookie campaign success of his father Bong Ravena.
Also known as the “phenom”, the younger Ravena tallied 18 points, dished 12 assists and clean the boards with his seven rebounds. However he got scoreless in the final quarter but his veteran teammates took over the slack.
Although it’s too early to make a comparison but coach Yeng Guiao already thrown one after witnessing the first game of Ravena.
“Mahirap mag-isip ngayon, pero maybe it’s a combination of Paul Lee and Willie Miller,” said Guiao.
The style of play Kiefer Ravena fits the system of NLEX Road Warriors that they probably looking from a player since last 42nd season.
“He’s able to create his own shots, find his open teammates through more ball movement and that’s good for us,” Guiao said.
“Our style is to find the open guys with ball movement so he’s exactly what we’re looking for,” he added.
The new additions of Kia Picanto namely Rashawn McCarthy, Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid gave their new team 31 points. Not to mention the winning attitude they provide to Kia’s table as the team that always ends last was seen competing until the end.
They had a good chance to claim the lead in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter but Larry Fonacier able to convert a four-point play after he got fouled from the three-point territory.
Former Road Warriors Eric Camson leads all coach Chris Gavina troops with his 24 points who also demonstrated his new long distance shooting weapon. Camson made four three-pointers in ten attempts.
NLEX vs Kia Box Score
NLEX 119 – Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4
KIA 115 – Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3