Although he produced stellar results in Gilas Pilipinas’ recent match against New Zealand, Thirdy Ravena is still brushing this feat off as the country’s national team ultimately lost the game with a score of 68-88 on Sunday (February 27). 

The 25-year-old baller, who finished with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and a block in his outing, shared that his performance means nix if the team loses in the end.

“It’s hard to be happy right now at this moment kasi nga talo kami. It doesn’t mean anything if you score 40 points and you lose the game,” Ravena said.

“I feel like we could’ve beat this team but that’s the frustrating part about it,” he added. 

Gilas was able to keep up with the NZ Tall Blacks in the first period of the game with the points only down by three at the end, 19-22. 

However, the local team’s struggle became evident starting the second quarter, specifically with foul trouble and failed free throw shooting. 

Ravena was among those who struggled at the charity stripe, missing seven out of his 10 attempts – adding to their eventual loss. 

“I still need to work on my free throws a lot more. Free throws can cost a game. It might not be as seen in this particular game, but it can definitely cost games in the future,” Ravena said.

“It’s one point and one point can make a whole lot of difference in a basketball game,” he emphasized. 

After this game, Gilas Pilipinas will get ready for the second window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, which is scheduled late in June this year. 

But before that, the team will also have to prepare for the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games that will unfurl this May in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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