Kiefer Ravena is shooting for SEA Games history
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2015 11:16 AM
"I may be one of the youngest in the team, but I am the most experienced when it comes to international competition,"
SINGAPORE -- More than winning the gold medal, Kiefer Ravena is shooting for a more important accomplishment in the men's basketball competition of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
He wants a spot in history.
Yes, Ravena is gunning for his third straight SEA Games gold medal that will put his name next to Rommel Adducul as the winningest Filipino cager in this 11-nation tournament.
Ravena first won the gold when he teamed up with Chris Ellis, Greg Slaughter and Cliff Hodge in the 2011 Palembang Games. Two years later, he joined the solid backcourt of Roi Sumang, Bobby Ray Parks and Kevin Alas to clinch the gold in the 2013 Myanmar Games.
Marcus Douthit was the only player to play on both tournaments. But the Syracuse-born Douthit is a naturalized player and was tapped to reinforce the team.
Aside from that, Ravena also competed in a handful of international tournaments, including Fiba Asia U16 Men's Championship in Johor Bahru, Malaysia in 2009 where they finished fourth behind China, South Korea and Iran.
"I may be one of the youngest in the team, but I am the most experienced when it comes to international competition," Ravena said.
Adducul, for his part, campaigned for the RP Team that won gold in the 1997 Jakarta, 1999 Brunei and 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. He was also part of the team that compted in various international tournaments like the Southeast Asian Basketball Association, Fiba Asia, William Jones Cup and other friendlies.
"Winning the gold medal is the most important thing for me," Ravena said. "It's a different feeling. Having a gold medal on your neck is the only way to repay this country."