Kiefer Ravena will have a turn winning another gold award in the Southeast Asian Games live as he is set to supplant veteran watchman Jayson Castro in Gilas Pilipinas’ 15-pool.
National group mentor Tim Cone and his staff handpicked Ravena to fill the void left by Castro, who is required to miss the territorial show-stopper that the nation will have subsequent to enduring calf damage.
Excepting any significant advancements, Ravena will authoritatively be a piece of the pool as his consideration got the green light from the SBP.
“We considered some different players yet we extremely simply continued returning to Kiefer, Kiefer, Kiefer, Kiefer. We asked him and he said truly, so we’re glad to have him,” Cone said on Monday, November 4.
In spite of the fact that the 26-year-old Ravena is the most youthful in the pack, Cone said their choice to include him was based his capacity to direction the regard of his fundamentally fight tried partners.
“We will lose the experience of Jayson however Kiefer got that uncommon development that sort of loans himself to have the option to play with a lot of vets and still be a pioneer and still accomplish the things that he needs to do,” Cone said.
“I believe he’s sort of uncommon that way.”
A back issue, however, constrained Ravena out from playing in Gilas Pilipinas’ 98-95 prevail upon Alab Pilipinas in their tuneup game on Monday.
Be that as it may, Cone trusts it will just require some investment for Ravena to change in accordance with Gilas Pilipinas’ framework even with the SEA Games commencing in under a month on November 30.
“I could’ve played him in the event that he could’ve played in light of the fact that I believe he’s a whiz. He would’ve gotten things and played a real sort game that we would need to see,” Cone said of Ravena.
“Furthermore, Yeng Guiao’s offense is interesting, however it is very brave the components that we’re doing. I don’t think it’ll be a stretch for Kiefer to run our offense. It’ll set aside him a short effort to run our offense.”
As far as it matters for him, Ravena – who is looking for a fifth straight SEA Games gold decoration – was only appreciative for his determination and for the chance to gain from Cone.
“With mentor Tim, it’s a learning open door for me and I’m extremely grateful for that, for the administration in believing me to be a piece of the group or the pool,” he said.
Ravena will join the national group practically speaking on Thursday, November 7, as Gilas Pilipinas apparatuses up for another well disposed match against Alab Pilipinas next Monday, November 11.