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Kiefer Ravena on career stalled by suspension, pandemic: 'Parang nilalayo sa iyo yung basketball'

by Reynald Magallon, May 14, 2020 12:00pm

NLEX Road Warriors guard Kiefer Ravena has yet to play a full season in the PBA.

And just when he thought he can finally play one, he found his career stalled once again by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Halos magtatatlong taon na ako di naglalaro e. Nawala ng one and a half years, naglaro ng isang conference, mawawala uli ng isang taon," said Ravena during an online video interview with PTV Sports on Wednesday

Serving an 18-month suspension metted by FIBA, Ravena failed to finish his rookie year and had to skip the first two conferences of his sophomore year in the league.

Ravena only returned in the Governors' Cup last season and was one of the vital cogs in NLEX's top seed finish in the eliminations.

However, Ravena's return met an abrupt end after his Road Warriors got upset by the eight seeded NorthPort Batang Pier in the Quarterfinals.

Ravena was looking forward to the league's 45th year to finally play a full season and atone their Quarterfinals exit last Governors Cup but the PBA, just like most of the leagues around the globe, was put on hold following the spread of the virus.

The 6'1" playmaker admitted that it was frustrating to see his career stalled once again but he knows everyone's health and safety is far greater than basketball.

"Mahirap talaga syempre, kasi parang nilalayo sa iyo yung basketball e. Parang ang tagal ko nang nawala nung nasuspend ako. And then nung pwede na maglaro isang conference lang, masama pa yung talo, tapos bawal na uli maglaro," said Ravena.

"Parang sobrang nilulook forward mo yung All-Filipino Cup, pero siguro sabi ni Lord kailangan talaga, may mga kailangan pa paghandaan mga maliliit na bagay na pwede pa makatulong sa career ko," he added.

Ravena was also hopeful that the league won't cancel its season although he's leaving the decision to Commissioner Willie Marcial and the PBA Board of Governors.

He also added that as athletes he just have to stay in shape during the PBA hiatus and be ready once the league returns.

"Sa amin naman siguro bilang athlete, ang puhunan namin yung katawan namin so pag ganitong kasing mga bagay yung health yung kailangan unahin, mas safe na rin siguro ito," said the third year playmaker.

"Alam narin naman ni Commissioner Willie (Marcial), di lang si Comm Willie, it's a team effort, together yung PBA Board of Governors, they're prioritizing the health ng athletes, the welfare of the league. Kami mag aantay lang kami, ready lang kami."

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