FIBA: “Impressive” Kiefer Ravena resumes basketball rise
Paul Lintag on Aug 27, 2019 02:14 PM
“I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m impressed, actually,” Guiao said of Ravena’s comeback game. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
On Sunday, Kiefer Ravena played his first basketball game in 18 months.
Despite the long layoff, the Phenom didn’t look like he missed a beat.
In 17 minutes against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers, Kiefer was the top local for Gilas Pilipinas with 11 points on a solid 5 of 8 shooting.
In the second quarter, Ravena started with seven straight points as he tried to spark the national team offense.
Despite limited action, Kiefer showed what he’s got and renewed his trust to national team head coach Yeng Guiao, also his coach in the PBA.
“I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m impressed, actually,” Guiao said of Ravena’s comeback game.
“And the good thing about Kiefer is he’s not just contributing on the floor, he also contributes off the floor. As young as he is, he is well-respected as a leader of this team,” he added.
Against the 36ers, Gilas Pilipinas actually lost, 75-85.
However, the national made a huge run in the fourth quarter, cutting a once 21-point lead to just seven points. Guiao wanted to put Ravena late to finish the comeback but opted not to.
He’ll save the Phenom as his trump card in the World Cup.
“Sabi ko ise-save ko na lang muna,” coach Yeng said.
“I was already happy with what I saw. He [Kiefer] will still get better,” Guiao said.
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