Thirdy is P3,000 richer thanks to thunderous slam

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Thirdy Ravena won a bet with his father thanks to his high-flying act against UST. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – When Thirdy Ravena threw down a thunderous slam dunk against University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, he earned more than just a top-notch highlight.

The high flying Ateneo swingman also ensured that his father, former PBA star Bong Ravena, will have to give him a cool P3,000.

“‘Yung dad ko, may bet kami,” Ravena revealed after the game, which Ateneo won 102-83. “Tuwing nakaka-dunk ako, bibigyan niya ako ng P3,000.”

“Hihingi ako ng porsyento kay Coach Bong, kasi ako nagturo kay Thirdy noon eh,” Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga joked. “So may porsyento dapat ako.”

Ravena had dunked in games before, usually of the two-handed variety when he found himself open in transition. But the slam against UST was more vicious, as he received a pass from Ateneo center Chibueze Ikeh, cocked the ball all the way back, then unleashed a spike that brought the crowd at the Araneta Coliseum to its feet.

After he landed from his brief flight, Ravena waved three fingers in front of his face, as if reminding his father of their bet.

“It just happened,” Ravena said. “Swerte lang nakakuha ng offensive rebound. And I saw that no one was guarding the middle area of the zone. It just happened. It was a good pass by Ikeh, ‘yun lang.”

Even as Arespacochaga joked about “teaching” Ravena how to dunk, he also highlighted the more “boring” parts of the play that led to slam.

“Actually, for us, the highlight was the offensive rebound, and the pass,” said Arespacochaga. “It’s a boring highlight, but it wouldn’t be possible if Ikeh did not do his job, and our guards did not do their jobs in making sure that we keep the ball moving from the very start.”

“It’s very easy if we’ve got guards who move the ball. It’s very contagious,” he added. “The extra pass has become a bit normal for us. That’s the highlight for us coaches.”

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