After losing its 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup opener by 15 points, things might be a little rough for NLEX now, but help is on the way for the Road Warriors.
Well, actually help is already here. He’s just waiting to be unleashed.
Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s no. 2 pick of the 2017 Draft, is about a month away from finally rejoining the Road Warriors officially.
Ravena, suspended for 18 months by FIBA last year, can join NLEX in practice on June 24. He can suit up for the Road Warriors starting August 24.
“Malapit na rin yun,” NLEX and national team head coach Yeng Guiao said of Kiefer’s eventual return.
“Malaking epekto noon sa team namin. Namomroblema kami sa point guards, we’re looking for somebody who can anchor us in the point guard position,” he added.
NLEX has a promising backcourt duo but it has been decimated in one form or another.
Ravena is suspended and Kevin Alas just suffered a second ACL injury in as many years.
Alas needs time to recover but Kiefer... well he’s just counting down the days.
“Kailangan talaga si Kiefer, si Kevin malayo pa, matagal pa, next year pa yun,” Guiao said.
“So our best chance really of improving our performance at the point guard position is Kiefer in about two month's time,” he added.
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