MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena can’t wait to rematch his brother, Thirdy, at Gilas Pilipinas as he wins his sixth gold medal at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam .
“[I’m] very honored to be awarded another seat at SEA Games. That’s why I came back home, to play with my brother and for the national team,” said eldest brother Ravena, who watched the 3rd match between Ateneo and the University of the Philippines on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. . before his flight to Vietnam.
The keeper Shiga Lakestars, who just finished his first B.League season in Japan, believes teaming up with Thirdy once again has been a feat given the sixth time he’s played in the two-year meeting. once.
“Interesting. We only played one (Fiba) window in 2019 and I couldn’t join him in this year’s window. Now, we’ll be playing together longer, more games together. , I think it’s a feat in itself to play as brothers,” said Ravena, who play with my siblings in one of the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers window.
The 28-year-old keeper admitted he and San-En NeoPhoenix’s Thirdy were only in on a few practice sessions when their Japan competition ended last week. But he is confident that their familiarity with coach Chot Reyes’ system will help them make up for lost time in their bid to win their 14th consecutive and 19th SEA Games gold medals.
“Obviously, time was not really on our side, especially me and Thirdy. We’ve just had at least five training sessions with the team but again, I’m part of Coach Chot’s system, just a little something new and at the same time, Thirdy played in the last window, ‘ said Kiefer. “We just have to focus on the details.”
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