Ravena bags top collegiate honors

December 6, 2014 4:30 am 

MANILA, Dec. 5 — Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena was named as the SMART Player of the Year by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps during the 2014 Collegiate Basketball Awards held Thursday night at the Saisaki-Kamayan restaurant.

Ravena earned the top honors in the annual gathering organized by scribes covering the collegiate basketball beat after a sensational season that saw him win the UAAP Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career.

The Blue Eagles standout, who earned the nod for being a class act amid his growing popularity on and off the court, offered the award to his late grandfather Danny Crisologo.

“I dedicate this trophy to my lolo (grandfather) who recently passed away. This is for him,” said Ravena, son of former PBA player Bong Ravena.

Also sharing the spotlight were coaches Eric Altamirano of National University and Boyet Fernandez of San Beda.

Altamirano and Fernandez received the Coach of the Year awards in the recognition dinner supported by Smart Sports, Accel 3XVI and Kohl Industries (Doctor J alcohol, Bactigel hand sanitizer, and Mighty Mom dishwashing liquid) for steering their teams to the championship of their respective leagues.

The NU coach was elated with the award since it was his first Coach of the Year plum ever in his career.

“Actually, I’ve been coaching for a long time, only now I got an award. I would like to thank my family who was there all the time. I would also like to honor my assistant coaches, NU management, and lastly God for this opportunity,” said Altamirano.

“I’d like to thank my coaches and my players for giving the five-peat to San Beda,” said Fernandez, now the head coach of NLEX in the PBA. “I’m going to miss the NCAA. I hope that I would last longer sa PBA.”

Ravena was also named to the Collegiate Mythical Five along with NCAA MVP Earl Thompson of University of Perpetual Help, Ola Adeogun of San Beda, Jeron Teng of La Salle and Mac Belo of Far Eastern University.

NU’s Troy Rosario received the Doctor J Breakthrough Player award while San Beda playmaker Baser Amer took the Accel Court General plum.

Alfred Aroga of NU and Anthony Semerad of San Beda took the Pivotal Player honors, NU’s Gelo Alolino and Arellano’s Jiovani Jalalon were the winners of the Impact Player award.

This year’s Super Senior awardees were San Beda’s Kyle Pascual, NU’s Glenn Khobuntin and La Salle’s Almond Vosotros.

The annual event was also backed by San Miguel Corporation, NLEX, Gatorade, UAAP Season 77 host University of the East, NCAA Season 90 host Jose Rizal University and the Philippine Sportswriters Association. (PNA)

LGI/JFM/PR

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