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    Brothers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena teaming up for Gilas? Why not

    Feb 25, 2019

    THIRDY Ravena has made his presence felt in his surprise stint with Team Pilipinas in the sixth window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.

    Though failing to score in the two games he played in, the high-flying Ateneo swingman was able to make a lasting impression in his spot minutes for the team, thanks to his athleticism and defense.

    That was in full display when Ravena took it to the skies and swatted away Nasser Al-Rayes' dunk late in the Qatar game.

    It shouldn't also come as a surprise that not a few were proud of how the UAAP Season 81 Finals MVP was able to hold his own with his elders from the PBA, none more than his brother Kiefer.

    "'Yung nasama pa lang siya, marami na siyang makukuha na lessons from his kuyas. Being around winners and people who know how to represent the country, yung mapasama sa lineup, bonus na lang yun," said the NLEX guard.

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    Kiefer noted that the experience and exposure Thirdy got from working with Jayson Castro, Paul Lee, and Mark Barroca, among others, will only benefit his younger brother in the long run, especially in his final year with the Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 82 later this year.

    "Yung experience niya is the most important thing," he said.

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      With Thirdy giving a good account of himself from this stint, pundits also couldn't help but wonder how it would look like to have the Ravena brothers in Gilas Pilipinas come the 2019 Fiba World Cup.

      The global showcase to be hosted by China is set to start on August 31, a full week after the expiration of Kiefer's 18-month Fiba ban.

      Asked about such a prospect, the 25-year-old court general can only smile.

      "It would mean the world to us," he said. "Not a lot of people can say that we competed as brothers sa World Cup. For that to happen, I think it's just a testament on how our parents really brought us up to hone and work hard on our talents."

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      Having brothers suiting up for the Philippines hasn't really been that foreign of an idea, with the Nieto brothers Matt and Mike teaming up for the youth team before.

      Siblings also abound in the international level, especially during the qualifiers, with New Zealand trotting the Websters, Cory and Tai, and the Fotus, Isaac and Dan, Korea with their Heos, Hoon and Ung, and Japan with the Takeuchis, Joji and Kosuke, just to name a few.

      Would the Ravenas, Kiefer and Thirdy, follow suit?

      Only time can tell.

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