FIBA: Back to normal for Kiefer as he returns from 18-month ban
Paul Lintag on Aug 25, 2019 09:13 PM
Kiefer came off the bench and scored 11 points in his return. He had a stretch to start the second quarter where he scored seven straight to try and spark the Gilas offense. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Kiefer Ravena is finally back.
On Sunday, Ravena played his first game in 18 months as Gilas Pilipinas took on Australia’s Adelaide 36ers for the national team’s final tuneup game ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Kiefer came off the bench and scored 11 points. He had a stretch to start the second quarter where he scored seven straight to try and spark the Gilas offense.
Unfortunately, the Philippines lost to the 36ers, 75-85.
“Okay naman,” Ravena said of his return. “Sayang talo, pero a lot of lessons learned.”
“It could have been a better ending for us going to the World Cup, but for me, I just want to get my feet wet especially ang tagal ko hindi nakalaro. It was really nice to be aroung the guys again,” he added.
With his FIBA suspension finally up, Kiefer is relieved to get everything back to normal in terms of his basketball career.
While he still have some things to sharpen after his long layoff, not thinking about the things he’s not allowed to do is a huge difference in his overall approach.
“Parang pag-tapak ko nung umpisa, nung pinasok ako, yun ang naramdaman ko. Di ko na kailangan magtago, mag-isip na bawal to, bawal yan,” Ravena said.
“I'm just back to playing the sport that I love and representing my country to the highest and best of my abilities,” he added.
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