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His phone rang and he answered the nation’s call. Kiefer Ravena will once again wear the Philippine colors in the Southeast Asian Games prior to even making a PBA debut.

With the opportunity, Ravena wishes to maximize the exposure to further enhance his skills.

“Commitment-wise, syempre nandito ako and I have to make the most out of it and this opportunity,” said the “Phenom.” “What a way to do that than represent the country. This is another chance to help the team, help the country and win a medal at the SEA Games.”

The last time he represented the Philippines in the SEA Games, Ravena joined college rivals Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon and Kevin Ferrer. All are now in the PBA and doing very well for their respective teams.

For the last two years, Ravena watched from the sidelines as his teammates made noise in the PBA where he saw their improvements. He is excited him to play with them once again, willing to take a backseat and adjust.

“I’m very excited. Since the 2015 SEA Games, the skills were there already. I am more excited to be with them in a much more improved environment. Kung may mga chances na ako ang mas hahabol sa team, syempre ikaw dapat mag-adjust doon.”

There is no time to mend egos according to Ravena with Southeast Asia trying to catch up with the Philippines. It was evident when Gilas sent their best players to play at the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Tournament.

“When it comes to the games, it is all about adjustment and finding your role and finding na tamang posisyon, pero siyempre kailangan dun is time and preparation kasi sa SEABA Tournament,” said Ravena. “Teams are doing their best to catch up at tayo ang hinahabol. Kung tayo may hinahabol sa world, tayo naman hinahabol dito sa Southeast Asia.”

The 2015 Philippine team at the SEA Games featured college players. Now, those college students have improved significantly. Despite that, Ravena expects the team to claw their way to bag the gold.

“You seen much-improved countries, much-improved teams and we expect a dogfight once it comes to the SEA Games.”

Gilas will resume practice on June 20 with Ravena joining the likes of Mike Tolomia, Almond Vosotros, Ed Daquioag, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Von Pessumal, Carl Bryan Cruz, Reymar Jose, Kobe Paras and Christian Standhardinger. (EH)

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