Young Kiefer ready to win 3rd SEAG gold

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2015 05:12 PM
Young Kiefer ready to win 3rd SEAG gold
"It's very different because I'm the second youngest in the team and yet I have the most experience in the international competition. It's very fun and at the same time challenging knowing na ako na ang isa sa mga leaders ng team." --- Kiefer Ravena

SINGAPORE -- For Kiefer Ravena, age doesn't really matter.

He may be one of the youngest players in the men's basketball team, but do not underestimate the heart of Ravena in the international arena.

The 21-year old Ravena has the most number of international tournaments under his belt, easily making him as one of the players to watch when Gilas cadets start their gold medal campaign in the 28th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 here.

After campaigning in various age-group tournament all over Asia, Ravena powered the National Team to a gold medal in the Palembang SEA Games in 2011 together with other amateur standouts like Chris Ellis, Cliff Hodge and Chris Tiu.

He responded to the call for national duty two years later when he suited up for the National Team in the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013 together with Ray Parks, Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas and Garvo Lanete.

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit serves as reinforcement in both tournaments.

"I've been though a lot in the international competition. It's been always my dream to represent the country," said Ravena.

"It's very different because I'm the second youngest in the team and yet I have the most experience in the international competition. It's very fun and at the same time challenging knowing na ako na ang isa sa mga leaders ng team."

He said his role is to get his teammates used to competing against the best players in the region.

"I have to teach the new players the fastest way to adjust to the international competition," he said. "That is a huge challenge we have to face as a team."

The Philippines has yet to lose the gold medal in the past 10 editions of the Games. Its only setback was in  1989 when Malaysia pulled off a stunning conquest over the Filipinos in the finals.

But still, Ravena remains hungry.

"Winning the gold medal doesn't get old. The feeling is always different every time you win the championship or the gold medal. Hopefully, I can still compete in the next SEA Games to come."

Again, he's only 21.

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