Rayray and Kiefer out to bring back ABL title to Philippines

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 30, 2017 05:04 PM
Rayray and Kiefer out to bring back ABL title to Philippines
SQUAD. Alab Pilipinas now has a pair of two-time UAAP MVPs.

The Philippines won it all in the inaugural season of the Asean Basketball League.

In the seven-year history of Southeast Asia’s regional league, the trophy has been brought home to Manila twice – tied for most times.

It has been three years since Filipinos have tasted victory in the ABL, however.

Enter Ray Parks Jr. Enter Kiefer Ravena.

Through injuries and through distractions, the Philippines’ pair of two-time UAAP MVPs want nothing more than to win it all this year. “We’re all focusing on the task at hand and that is trying to get the championship back to the Philippines,” Ravena expressed.

Alab’s bid begins on Sunday in Singapore and Ravena assured their kababayans, both there and at home, that they will go all out. “When you represent your country in a different place, you have to represent it with pride and dignity. Lalo na may mga kababayan tayong nagsu-support doon,” he said.

He then continued, “Ayaw naman namin sayangin ang effort nila sa pagsuporta sa amin.”

And while Ravena and Parks Jr. are yet to practice together, head coach Mac Cuan has no doubt that the game will just come to both of them. “They’ve known each other and nagsama na rin sila before sa Gilas (cadets). They know how each other plays,” 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 Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan on Friday.

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