Kiefer Ravena marks basketball return by joining Gilas practice

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena returned to basketball for the first time in more than a year as he nears the end of his FIBA-imposed suspension.

The 25-year-old guard joined Gilas Pilipinas in its buildup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City on Monday, June 24 – exactly two months before his 18-month suspension ends. 

Sidelined since May 2018, Ravena now tries to make up for lost time as he is set to take over the point guard role left by national team veteran Jayson Castro in the upcoming global hoops showdown.

Joining Ravena in the practice were June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Roger Pogoy, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, and Poy Erram. 

Also present were PBA rookies CJ Perez and Robert Bolick – the new additions to the Philippine team pool – and Stanley Pringle. 

Raymond Almazan attended the training session, but was in street clothes. 

The Philippine team has more than two months to prepare before the World Cup kicks off in China on August 31. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.