Comebacking Kiefer 'pretty sure' he won't be sleeping tonight
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 24, 2019 06:33 PM
Kiefer Ravena will be playing his first official game since May 2018 without much sleep, but still with a whole lot of energy
Finally, Kiefer Ravena can do Kiefer Ravena things once more.
The 25-year-old’s 18-month suspension imposed by FIBA has come to a close, at long last, on Saturday.
“Siyempre masarap. I'm very much excited, as you can tell,” he beamed to reporters who inquired about how he was feeling now he has finally been set free from his disciplinary action.
That means that Ravena takes the floor anew in an officially sanctioned game when Gilas Pilipinas gets it on with Australian club Adelaide 36ers on Sunday.
Of course, he can only acknowledge that he has so much energy pent up inside him - energy that had been stored since he played his last officially sanctioned game in May 2018 when Gilas took on the Mindanao All-Stars in that year's PBA midseason classic.
That is exactly why even after head coach Yeng Guiao called an end to the training session, the returning playmaker was still putting up shots for around 20 minutes.
In the middle of that, assistant coach Caloy Garcia even kidded that he should be sleeping it off already. "Itulog mo na yan," the Rain or Shine mentor joshed.
"Baka nga 'di ako makakatulog," he said, through chuckles, in response.
Asked about that exchange, Ravena answered, "I'm pretty sure na 'di ako makakatulog. I have to force myself to sleep, I guess, so I'm truly trying to tire myself out."
He then continued, "Yung energy na 'to, kailangang malabas ko sa laro bukas. Pagod-pagod na lahat, ako 'di pa nakakalaro masyado kaya eto na talaga yung chance ko."
The NLEX guard had been cleared for basketball-related activities - meaning, practices and the like - last June, but it’s only now that he has also gotten the okay to play in a game.
Still, Ravena made it clear that, in his mind, the tuneup with the Aussies is just another game. As he put it, "Personally I don't wanna think too much about it as much as I can. I'm still trying to treat it just like any other game although I can't deny the fact that I'm really, really excited."
He then continued, "It's been a long ride, it's been a tough journey, but I'm just trying to keep myself balanced. Not really too excited or not really too walang gana. Yung sakto lang dapat."
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