Coach Yeng on Kiefer: He's going to be very special
Paul Lintag on Dec 20, 2017 07:46 PM
Kiefer Ravena's impressive PBA debut is just the tip of the iceberg according to his coach.
That dude Kiefer Ravena? Legit.
The Phenom impressed in his PBA debut Wednesday for the NLEX Road Warriors, posting a team-high 18 points and a game-high 12 assists.
To complete his big day, Kief also had seven rebounds, two steals, shot 63 percent from the field, and was a plus 21 in 29 minutes of play.
It took him one minute and 24 seconds to beat his father Bong's debut performance 25 years ago. The elder Ravena only had two points back when he first suited up for San Miguel in a win over Pepsi.
Kiefer's debut stats were more Johnny Abarrientos-esque though. For his first PBA game for Alaska back in 1993, the Flying A dropped 20 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, and five steals according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon.
"Kiefer played well for us, I had no doubt that he can make an impact and he can lead the team as a rookie and that's exactly what he did," NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao said.
"He's exactly what we're looking for and what the doctor ordered for us," he added.
Ravena's impressive PBA debut is just the tip of the iceberg according to his coach.
With superior basketball IQ on top of his natural abilities, coach Yeng is confident that his no. 2 overall pick of the 2017 Draft will be a force in the PBA for years to come.
"He's going to be a very special player in this league," Guiao said.
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