FIBA: Thirdy looks for more team-ups with Kiefer after winning reunion

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Feb 24, 2020 03:50 PM
FIBA: Thirdy looks for more team-ups with Kiefer
Kiefer and Thirdy were two of five players in double figures in a 100-70 Gilas win but it was most definitely Thirdy that shined the brightest for the Philippines. (FIBA)

Thirdy Ravena must really love playing with his older brother Kiefer on the basketball court.

For the first time since college, the Ravena brothers shared the court Sunday in Jakarta, suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas to take on Indonesia in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers.

Kiefer and Thirdy were two of five players in double figures in a 100-70 Gilas win but it was most definitely Thirdy who shined the brightest for the Philippines.

[Related: FIBA: Thirdy stars as Gilas pulls away late in win over Indonesia]

In 23 minutes off the bench, Thirdy went off for 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.

"It definitely feels good to play with him again after years of waiting," Thirdy said on sharing the court with Kiefer.

"I can't wait to play with him some more. I look up to him, and he's one of the people that really guided me growing up playing basketball. It's a great feeling to have him again as a teammate," the younger Ravena added.

Having Kiefer as his kuya and team captain really helped Thirdy in his return to the national team.

Thirdy says his brother really did a great job making sure everyone was comfortable, not just him.

[Related: FIBA: Ravenas take flight for Gilas Pilipinas]

The current Gilas squad only has an average of 25 years old and Kiefer, despite being only 26 himself, is one of the players with the most experience in international play.

"It made me feel comfortable being in the team, especially with my brother being the captain. He prepped me pretty good," Thirdy said.

"He was doing his part as captain, making everyone else, not just me, to be comfortable with the team and have us do our jobs," Thirdy added.


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