Sleepless Ravena practices for first time with Alab Pilipinas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 29, 2017 01:55 PM
Sleepless Ravena practices for first time with Alab
REST IS FOR THE WEAK. Kiefer Ravena didn't get much time to relax before his first practice with Alab Pilipinas.

Kiefer Ravena is back in the Philippines and will be back to represent the Philippines in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.

In his first practice with Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Enderun College Gym in Taguig, the former two-time UAAP MVP was quick to admit that he had much catching up to do. “Adjustment talaga. Siyempre, it’s my first practice and I have to get used to the system,” he said.

Ravena then went on to say that it was a good thing the Filipino squad’s coaching staff sent over the playbook in advance while he was still in the US. “At least, when I was in the States, I was able to read it and pagdating dito, hindi na rin ako masyadong nahirapan,” he shared.

More than the new coaches and new teammates, however, it was the 23-year-old’s travel from the US to the Philippines that proved to be the toughest test in his return. “Parang ang pinakamahirap na part is yung pagod. Yun yung pinaka-adjustment ko na talaga,” he said.

He then continued, “Kasi dumating ako kahapon ng 4:00 AM. Wala pa talaga akong tulog tapos diretso na ngayon sa practice.”

Still, showing his full commitment to the Philippine team he will help bring back to the promised land, Ravena was alive, alert, and enthusiastic all throughout his first time sharing the floor with his teammates. “Ako yung bago rito and I have to be the one adjusting to them, not them adjusting to me,” he said.

He then continued, “Buo na naman yung team e so kailangan ko na lang hanapin yung niche ko to help the team,” 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.


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