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    Mixed feelings for Alas as pal Ravena starts B.League career

    Oct 5, 2021
    Kevin Alas Kiefer Ravena NLEX
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    KEVIN Alas had mixed emotions watching the clips and highlights of good friend Kiefer Ravena as he makes his debut with the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B.League.

    Kevin Alas on Kiefer Ravena in B.League

    While he misses playing with his backcourt partner at NLEX, Alas is nonetheless proud and happy seeing Ravena finally fulfilling one of his dreams.

    “I’m happy for him kasi alam ko dream niya na makapag-laro internationally,” said the seven-year guard. “Pangarap niya yan and kung hindi niya siguro magawa yan ngayon, baka after a few years, wala na ito.”

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    Ravena played his first two games in the B.League over the weekend, which saw him pitted against younger brother Thirdy of San-en NeoPhoenix in a two-day swing that saw them split both games.

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    The two-time UAAP MVP from Ateneo debuted for 11 points, eight assists, and three rebounds in leading the Lakestars’ comeback from 22 points down to prevail against the NeoPhoenix, 93-83, and then outdid himself the following day in the two teams’ rematch with 20 points, seven assists, a rebound, and a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line in a 101-96 overtime loss, where Thirdy returned the compliment to his older brother by rallying his team from as many as an 18-point deficit.

    Alas, 29, said he didn’t get to watch both games in its entirety, but did get to talk to Ravena about it.

    “Mukhang masaya naman siya dun (Japan),” he said.

    Ravena’s brilliant showing with Lakestars was definitely something the NLEX Road Warriors missed a lot especially in their run during the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.

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    The seventh-seeded Road Warriors managed to push their quarterfinals series against no. 2 seed Meralco Bolts to a sudden-death, but fell short of advancing to the semis after suffering a 97-86 loss.

    “To be honest, right now yung role ko sa team (NLEX), it became tougher nung nawala si Kiefer. Kasi pag andiyan si Kiefer, yung focus ng depensa nasa kanya,” said Alas.

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      On a personal note, he also misses Ravena’s presence as a friend with whom he talks not only about basketball, but everything about life.

      “Of course, nalungkot kasi si Kiefer is a good friend of mine from basketball,” said the son of coach Louie Alas.

      So close the two guards are that Alas made Ravena as part of his groomsmen for his church wedding with wife Selina Dagdag.

      “Actually, sa wedding namin kinuha ko pa siya as one of my groomsmen. So ganun kami ka-close ni Kiefer,” he said.

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      And that stays even if Ravena is currently in Japan.

      “Groomsman ko pa rin siya kahit di siya makauwi,” said Alas.

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