Kiefer Ravena makes his PCBL debut on Sunday, and while it’s already surprising that he is taking his talents to the said league, the 2-time UAAP MVP is also doing something a little different this time.
Playing for Mighty Sports, the 6-foot guard will be wearing jersey #30, honoring reigning NBA MVP and shooting sensation Stephen Curry.
“Idol ko siya,” said Ravena, who was among the players — from the NBA to the Philippines — in awe of the Golden State playmaker’s performance in a stunning win over Oklahoma City.
The former Ateneo superstar has worn jersey #15 for most of his life, but will be using a different number as he enters the next chapter of his basketball career.
Ravena will be teaming up with Perpetual big man Bright Akhuetie and PBA veteran TY Tang in a Mighty Sports squad raring to deliver a follow-up championship to their Republica Cup conquest a month back.
On Tuesday, Ravena joined hands with Akhuetie in leading Mighty Sports over Fatima College-Antipolo in a tuneup game at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy in Quezon City.
Ever the perfectionist, the Gilas Pilipinas cadet believes there are kinks to work on even as they approach the final stage of their preparations for the PCBL opening on Sunday.
“Kulang pa sa team chemistry,” he told FOX Sports. “Pero maganda yung potential ng team kasi lahat naman gusto manalo.”
“Kaunting trabaho na lang with our team chemistry and mukhang malayo naman maaabot,” he added. “We have to maximize the strength of the team, which is experience. Hindi rin biro yung mga makakalaban namin.”
After playing without a high-scoring big man in his last year with the Blue Eagles, Ravena cherishes the experience of Akhuetie, whom he played with in the FIBA 3×3 All-Stars last year.
“Si Bright is one of our biggest assets,” he shared. “Size, experience and skill meron na siya. With him, we will be hard to stop.”
Ravena also welcomes the fact that he’ll be playing alongside Tang, a former Xavier School star who was a steady playmaker for La Salle in the UAAP and a heady veteran for Rain or Shine in the PBA.
“Syempre (happy he’s my teammate). Growing up, pinapanood ko na siya sa DLSU tapos ngayon makakalaro ko na siya,” said Ravena, who played for La Salle Greenhills before moving to Ateneo.
“Lagi akong nagtatanong sa kanya about the PBA. Marami akong natututunan from a veteran like TY,” he closed. — By Josiah Albelda