Fireworks will pop out tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., as two of the most famous college ballers right now will go head to head. Fasten your seat belts guys and gals as Kiefer Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles will take on Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and the NU Bulldogs. It will be Kiefer and Bobby Jr.'s first meeting in the UAAP Season 74 so expect the best coming from these two great ballers.
Even in the pre-season summer-leagues, I can say that Kiefer and Bobby Jr. are at par with each other coming into their first match-up tomorrow. Why did I say that? First, they were both instrumental in giving their respective teams championship titles during the summer of 2011. Kiefer helped the Blue Eagles grab the 2011 FilOil Flying V Hanes Pre-season Premier Cup title against San Beda. Bobby Jr. on the other hand led the NU Bulldogs in winning the Fr. Martin Summer Basketball League Title against Mapua. You can say that both of them really have the poise and the will to win a championship Title. Second, with regard to basketball genes, both of them have it in their blood. Bobby Parks Jr. have the genes of his father, Bobby Parks Sr. who won several PBA Best Import Awards during his time with Shell. Kiefer on the other hand, inherited the good shooting touch of his father Bong Ravena who played for Mobiline in the PBA. And finally, both of them had a bad start in the UAAP Season 74 and they definitely want to win more games and erase that bad start. Bobby Parks Jr. had a bad shooting percentage, 5 out of 20 shots in their lost against UST. Kiefer Ravena also had a rough start. He failed to register a single point in his first game against Adamson that's why I really think that they will enter the court tomorrow with their "A- games." Expect less errors and more aggressiveness coming from these two big time players because they both have the momentum to score a lot. Kiefer notched 24 big points in their game against La Salle while Bobby Jr. had 30 points in their game against UP.
For me, Kiefer's team, the Ateneo Blue Eagles have the advantage tomorrow against NU because of they have a deeper bench compared to the Bulldogs, BUT Kiefer has the heavier load to carry than Bobby Ray Parks Jr.. He owes it upon himself to prove that he can also play for a division 1 NCAA school in the USA just like Bobby Jr. who was allegedly recruited by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Kiefer can also help uplift the Philippine Basketball program in the Philippines by playing well against a player like Bobby Jr. who studied and played for Melrose High School in the United States. If Kiefer will be able to outplay Bobby Jr. tomorrow, there will be an implied message that you don't have to go abroad to be better in basketball, you just have to work hard within your means.
Those two players' match-up tomorrow will definitely something to watch out for. It will help us determine who's better between Kiefer and Bobby Jr. It will also be a perfect appetizer for the NBA Games on Saturday and on Sunday.
Here's the schedule of the UAAP basketball games for tomorrow:
UAAP 74 Games on Thurs, July 21: ADMU (2-0) vs. NU (1-1) at 1 p.m. and FEU (1-1) vs. UE (0-2) at 3 p.m. LIVE on St. 23 and BALLS HD 167 (r-8 p.m. on BALLS).