PBA: NLEX plays first game since Kiefer's FIBA ban
Paul Lintag on May 30, 2018 08:18 AM
The Road Warriors are struggling in the Commissioner's Cup, falling to a 1-4 record. NLEX will miss guard Kiefer Ravena as he deals with his FIBA suspension that will last for 18 months.
Sometimes the basketball gods just work in mysterious ways.
Two days after Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension was officially announced, the NLEX Road Warriors will return to action in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
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Expect Ravena, who is facing an 18-month FIBA suspension for an anti-doping violation, to not see action with the Road Warriors for the meantime.
Kiefer's camp is currently in communication with FIBA to discuss if his suspension applies for the PBA as well.
And while Ravena didn't necessarily issue a very direct answer regarding his status with NLEX, the Phenom is officially on standby as he continues to wait on FIBA's final answer.
Back on the Road Warriors, the Road Warriors are struggling in the Commissioner's Cup, falling to a 1-4 record.
[Related: PBA: "Hindi ako nagsha-shabu," says Kiefer]
NLEX can start to rally in the mid-season joust when they take on Blackwater in the first game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Elite are even worse than NLEX as they are on the verge of early elimination with a 0-6 record. Blackwater is bringing in import Henry Walker to try and salvage their campaign.
In the main game at 7:00 p.m., defending champion San Miguel Beer face the upstart Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The Beermen are also struggling, losing their first three games for a winless start.
Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters are 3-2 for the conference and are fresh from a double-overtime win over Brgy. Ginebra.
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