By Ernest HernandezNamed as the UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP, Thirdy Ravena immediately gave credit back to teammate Chibueze Ikeh for his part in Ateneo’s UAAP 80 title conquest over archrival De La Salle University.
“All the dreams, we made it, it’s all worth it bro,” Ravena tells Ikeh.
Ravena explains that Ikeh’s hard work in limiting UAAP MVP Ben Mbala was something that won’t reflect in the stats but was the most critical in the series.
“There are things na hindi nakikita ng mga tao because it’s intangible,” said Ravena. “You don’t see it in the stats but I saw Ikeh the whole game. He did his job and did his best to limit Ben (Mbala) and execute the game plan. If it weren’t for Ikeh’s effort, Isaac’s (Go) shot wouldn’t be possible for us to win. So it’s our man right here.”
Mbala had a subpar performance by only doing 8 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Archers in the deciding game.
“I guess it’s just part of the game, they played tough, we can’t just back down,” Ikeh said. “We have to stand our ground, and that’s what the entire team did. We just tried to take as much as we could, and we didn’t put in mind how physical the game was.”
Now in his senior year, Ikeh leaves Ateneo as a champion. He winds up his UAAP career as a Blue Eagle with 4 points and nine rebounds.
Ikeh was flattered when Ravena gave him props.
“I wasn’t expecting that, he’s been a one of a kind player, he brought it to me, and for him to share that moment with me, it feels so great, and I appreciate that,” said Ikeh on Ravena’s praises.
Finishing on a high note, Ikeh will forever engrave the memory of being a Blue Eagle.
“Ateneo community one of a kind, from the deep of my heart, I appreciate every one of them,” Ikeh ended.