Kiefer Ravena says PCBL stint a means to prepare him for the PBA and national team
Kiefer Ravena says playing for Mighty Sports in the PCBL would be a big help in preparing him for the PBA and the national team. Jerome Ascano

KIEFER Ravena sees his stint in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) as a good preparation for him not just in the Philippine Basketball Association but also for a possible stint with the Gilas Pilipinas national team.

On Tuesday, Ravena finally came out in the open and said he’s joining Mighy Sports Apparel and Accessories in the upcoming conference of the PCBL set to open on Sunday, with several goals in mind, including a chance to hone his skills even further.

The Ateneo stalwart said playing in the fledgling league that features six teams is a good opportunity for him since he will be playing against former PBA players and amateur standouts.

“Kailangan ko makapagpa-kundisyon especially with the Gilas training picking up. Malaking bagay for me. Eto na ‘yung training at laro ko na constant,” said Ravena following Mighty’s tune-up game at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy in Quezon City.

“Pro-am din dito. Marami rin na galing sa PBA, mga dating players na wala sa D-League. Magandang competition ito,” he added.

Ravena said Mighty Sports under head coach Mike Fermin, assistant coach Charles Tiu, and team consultant Bo Perasol was determined to have him play for the team in its PCBL debut after playing for the same franchise in the Republica Cup in Malolos City recently.

“Hindi na ako nakapagpa-draft sa D-League so I don’t have any leagues to play in, and Mighty really welcomed me very openly,” said the son of former players Bong and Mozzy Ravena.

“Naglalaro pa lang kami sa Republica Cup and they really wanted to get me. I took it day-by-day na  baka puwede naman maglaro pero sabi ko, tignan natin,” he added.

Ravena said he is fully-committed of playing for Mighty Sports, explaining the stint will not be in conflict with the Gilas practice every Monday night.

“Wala namang games kapag Monday so hindi siya maaapektuhan. Before going here, gusto ko committed ako sa team na sasalihan ko. Especially ngayon, professional na dapat tayo, hindi puwedeng pabago-bago ng isip,” he said.

Ravena added he is also not playing for Mighty Sports just for training as he also hopes to win a championship for the squad.

“Hindi lang naman ito training ground and an opportunity to prove that we can make it to the next level. Hindi lang kami ‘yung magpapahinog para sa PBA. Our goal is to win the championship, kasi sumali ka na rin, might as well win it,” he said.


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