first_imgLATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid “It’s a learning experience for him,” he quipped.Guiao, though, couldn’t stop himself from praising the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying: “The way he played today, he played better than most veterans would play in that situation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Meralco learned that the hard way on Friday when the fiery mentor gave his super rookie the key to make the game-winning plays in the Road Warriors’ 87-85 victory over the Bolts.“I had no hesitation setting those plays for him because I know he will make the right decisions,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRavena did make his coach look like a genius, repaying that faith with ballsy plays in the final minute.The 24-year-old guard first drilled a huge three-pointer over Nico Salva to push NLEX up, 83-82 with 43.2 seconds remaining. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games However, Ravena almost turned into a goat after he fouled Chris Newsome with 15.3 ticks left, allowing the and-one play which knotted the score at 85.“It was a defensive lapse on Kiefer’s part,” Guiao admitted. “Kiefer and Newsome were involved in those key plays. We had a foul to give, and he could have given that foul, but that’s the way it goes.”Luckily, Ravena had the guts to step up to the plate in those waning seconds and he atoned for his miscue with the game-winning turnaround jumper over Newsome with 0.9 ticks to spare to cap off an amazing fightback from the Road Warriors.“Kiefer just made the big shots like a veteran, like somebody who’s a 10-year veteran in this league,” the mentor said of Ravena, who finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. “Whether he made those shots or not, I would not have faulted him for the decisions he made.”Guiao knows that close finishes like these, especially this one which gave him a glimpse of how big the neophyte’s heart is, could only be beneficial for the rookie and the team moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Chris Ross after another SMB loss: We have to play better Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netYou don’t always see veteran coach handing the reins to any rookie when the game is on the line.But NLEX coach Yeng Guiao isn’t just any other coach and Kiefer Ravena isn’t just any other rookie.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

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