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Ravena flattered by Alapag's comments, hopes to represent country well
by Reynald Magallon, May 14, 2020 3:03pm
Gilas Pilipinas guard Kiefer Ravena is taking the words of Gilas great Jimmy Alapag as an inspiration to do better everytime he dons the national team jerseys.
Feeling flattered and honored about Alapag's comments, Ravena hopes he, together with CJ Perez and Robert Bolick can live up to the expectations and represent the country well in the upcoming FIBA tournaments.
Alapag said the three who bannered the 2019 Gilas Pilipinas World Cup team, are the next torchbearers of the national squad.
While the Philippines had a lackluster performance in the recent World Cup, ending up winless in the tournament, the national team remains to have a believer in Alapag.
Alapag also shared his belief that Ravena who had to serve an 18-month suspension metted by FIBA, will eventually find his groove in the international competition.
"I'm excited to see Kiefer Ravena get back on the court. Coming out of his suspension, that's not easy for a young player," Alapag said.
"I'm excited for him to really get back on the floor long term, and see him lead his team, because again he's a winner," he added.
"Very flattered and honored kasi galing kay coach Jimmy yan eh, isa siya sa mga nagtaguyod sa program of the national team," Ravena said during an online interview with PTV4 Sports.
"Coming from a person who i look up to and a lot of people look up to especially, wearing that jersey, and ngayon kasama ko si CJ and si Robert, hopefully mataguyod namin Kung ano yung dapat itaguyod bilang part ng programa ng national team and sa competitions sana marepresent namin yung Pilipinas well," Ravena furthered.
Ravena, Perez and Bolick will have huge foot steps to follow especially with what Alapag, fellow Gilas generals Jayson Castro and La Tenorio have done for the national team.
The NLEX Road Warriors guard however was unfazed by the challenge, saying they will do anything in honor and pride of the country.
"Just being part of the group na iba talaga yung feeling, iba takaga yung nadadala pag suot mo na yung pilipinas na jersey kahit ano gagawin mo, kahit san ka manggaling iba talaga siya."
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