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Even in MVP win, team always comes first for Thirdy Ravena

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a person standing in front of a crowd: Thirdy Ravena won MVP honors for the second straight finals. Zeke Alonzo Thirdy Ravena won MVP honors for the second straight finals. Zeke Alonzo
Thirdy Ravena won MVP honors for the second straight finals. Zeke Alonzo

With a career-high 38 point performance in the Ateneo Blue Eagles' clinching win over University of the Philippines on Wednesday, Thirdy Ravena won Most Valuable Player honors in the UAAP men's basketball finals.

"Thirdy had just one of those games. The ball is falling, he makes great shots, great decisions," Baldwin said. "He proved today what a special player he can be."

But Baldwin believes that his star player relishes not his individual achievements, but the success of the team.

"His awards are well-earned. I know Thirdy well and I know his joy right now is for the championship for the team," Baldwin said.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Ravena said he was not aware of just how hot he had been, as he went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and eight of his 11 two-point field goals.

"I didn’t expect to score. It just came na pumapasok binibigay sa 'kin ng teammates ko. If it wasn't sa mga pasa nila sa 'kin, 'di naman ganu'n mangyayari," Ravena said.

For Ravena, it was just another day in the office.

"I have to do my role. If it’s working, I have to settle my teammates, create shots for them, shoot the ball just like everyone else do," said Ravena, who added that he will return for his final year next season for the Blue Eagles. —JST, GMA News

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