Kiefer Ravena shakes off jetlag, fatigue on busy day upon arrival from US training
Kiefer Ravena changes to a Mighty uniform right on the court after arriving late for the PCBL game straight from Gilas Pilipinas practice. Freddie Dionisio

IT was quite a busy Wednesday for Kiefer Ravena.

The former Ateneo star arrived in the country early Wednesday morning, around 4 a.m. to be exact, following a training stint in Las Vegas and Oakland in the United States.

But Ravena’s long day just began.

Battling jetlag, Ravena also went to Ateneo that same morning to attend to commitments related to his upcoming graduation before heading to the Meralco Gym in Pasig City as practices of Gilas Pilipinas for the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament resumed at 1 p.m.

To cap things off, Ravena hurried to Marikina at the end of Gilas practice around past 4 p.m. to suit up for Mighty Sports in Game Two of the PCBL Chairman’s Cup semifinals by 5 p.m.

Despite coming into the game late, Ravena showed no signs of fatigue as he scored 17 points, including 12 in the second quarter, to lift Mighty Sports to a 98-87 win over Euro-Med and sweep the best-of-three semifinals.

[See Kiefer rushes from Gilas practice to PCBL, leads Mighty to sweep of Euro-Med]

Through it all, Ravena didn't look or feel weary, saying he is devoted to his commitments especially with Gilas Pilipinas.

“I’m just going to work my butt off either in hopes of making the team or helping the team in preparation for the tournament itself,” said Ravena.

Mighty Sports coach Mike Fermin lauded the effort of Ravena as well as his basketball IQ.

“’Yung mga wala, alam na nila sistema kaya madali silang maka-adopt kung ano man ‘yung game plan namin. Kita mo naman ‘yung IQ nung bata. Madali siyang naka-adopt,” Fermin said.

One thing is for sure. Ravena is going to have a good night's sleep following his hectic but fruitful day.

“Itutulog ko na lang ‘to,” said Ravena.

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