Ravena to wear title-winning #4 for Alab Pilipinas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 29, 2017 10:35 AM
Photo courtesy of Charlie Dy
Kiefer Ravena will be making his debut in the Asean Basketball League on Sunday in Singapore.
He won’t be wearing the jersey number 15 we have all been accustomed to, however.
Anthony Gavieres has that jersey number for Alab Pilipinas.
Ravena’s next choice, jersey number 1 then happens to belong to this person you may know as two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks Jr.
And so, the 23-year-old will instead wear the jersey number 4 – the same one he donned for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League and, more importantly, the Gilas cadets in the 2015 SEABA. “Kapag national team kasi, number 4 ako,” he said.
Perhaps, it’s all for the best especially with his desire to bring back the ABL championship to the Philippines. “Naghahanap din ako ng number na mag-champion ako. Hopefully, ito na ulit yun kasi nag-champion na ito with (Gilas cadets),” he expressed.
In 2015, Ravena and the Gilas cadets came away the victors in SEABA which took place in Singapore.
Now, Alab’s newest weapon is only hoping that there would be a case of déjà vu - with his jersey number being 4 and the venue being Singapore. “It’s all about representing the country so I have to give it my all,” he said.
The third-seed Filipinos take on the second-seed Slingers in the best-of-three semifinals tipping off at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Sunday.
Game 2 will then be played at the Star Arena in Baliwag, Bulacan on Friday.
Game 1 will be streamed LIVE and air at 8 p.m. via S+A channel 23.
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