SEA Games: Ever ready, Kiefer wins record 5th gold medal

Paul Lintag on Dec 10, 2019 11:55 PM
SEA Games: Ever ready, Kiefer wins record 5th gold medal
(Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — Kiefer Ravena won a record 5th SEA Games gold medal in basketball Tuesday here but it actually almost didn’t happen for the Phenom.

Ravena was not included in the original Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

He was a late addition after star guard Jayson Castro unfortunately suffered an injury that kept him out of the limited window of preparation for the national time for the biennial event.

Ever ready, Kiefer stepped in and ended up winning gold.

“You just have to be ready, one lesson I learned is to just be ready and really play your best. During the time na nabuo yung pool, kailangan ko lang maging ready anytime, kung ano man ang mangyari,” Kiefer said.

“Ayaw naman natin na may nai-injure but unfortunately, si kuya Jayson suffered an injury that allowed me to fill the void. I know it’s a big gap to fill in, but you know, being with these guys made it a lot easier for me,” he addded.

With five gold medals, Ravena admits that this last one feels the most special even if his role is the most limited here.

The fact that he wasn’t even part of the original pool is one reason, but finally able to win a gold medal in his own country makes it the greatest of all his stints in the SEA Games.

“It’s a bit more special syempre dahil unang-una, dito nangyari sa Manila. Pangalawa siguro, what makes it more special is nung una I wasn’t even part of the pool na makaka-laro dito sa Gilas,” Ravena said.

“All in all, this is probably the best for me. I wouldn’t say na baka last ko na to, hindi natin alam. But if it’s my last, what a way to cap it off,” Kiefer addded.

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