For the second straight year, the “phenom” Kiefer Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eages was named as the Most Valuable Player for Season 78 to cap off his playing years in college.
More so, Ravena shared his award to his longtime rival and friend, Kevin Ferrer from the UST Tigers.
Both Ravena and Ferrer had been fierce rivals since their playing days in high school and college, are now scouted as the top prospects in the 2016 PBA draft.
“We’re one-all when it comes to MVP. He beat me when I was in fourth year high school and I was able to go ahead of him here in our fifth year.”
Despite their rivalry, Ferrer and Ravena shared their glory days as teammates for the national team in which their friendship grew strong.
“It’s just more than the award. It’s more of the companionship and friendship we shared all throughout being great competitors and just wanting to help our school win,” said Ravena said.
With the MVP selection system in the UAAP is being determined by statistics, Ravena insisted that it is more than statistics that made him share the MVP plum with Ferrer.
“Those two points, probably, two rebounds, three rebounds of him really getting that MVP off of me. It’s more than the statistics,” said Ravena.
“It’s how he represented his school very well and I’m really proud of Kevin. Just growing up watching his style of play. He really evolved into being a good leader.”
Ferrer, who had a historical night afterwards in leading the UST Tigers to a Game 2 win behind his 24-point outbreak in the 3rd quarter, found an inspiration in Ravena’s kind gesture.
“I was really touched that he shared his MVP trophy with me,” said Ferrer in Tagalog. “We’ve been through a lot and have gone through the same journey ever since high school.”