Kiefer Ravena airs concern as NLEX last to bring in import for Commissioner's Cup
Top rookie Kiefer Ravena says time is not NLEX's side in its buildup for the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Jerome Ascano

KIEFER Ravena may be a rookie, but he’s already acting like a veteran by reminding his NLEX teammates of the work that needs to be done to whip themselves in shape for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

The Road Warriors have been practicing for almost three weeks now, but Ravena still feels they haven’t done much progress while training without an import caused by Arnett Moultrie’s holdup in Bahrain.

“We have a lot of work for us individually and as a team,” Ravena said on Friday after their tune-up game against Alaska. “Time is not on our side. We have to double up the work, increase our workload and our team practices should be a little more intense and on a higher level.”

“At this moment, we’re catching up with everybody aside from Magnolia and San Miguel,” he added.

The Road Warriors open their campaign with a killer stretch of three games in a week – taking on Columbian Dyip on April 28, Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, facing Rain or Shine on Wednesday, then capping it with a face-off against Meralco on Friday.

That the Road Warriors need to immediately integrate replacement import Adrian Forbes, who’s set to arrive on Saturday, is not lost on Ravena.  

“Of course, in an import-laden conference and you don’t have an import yet, of course, it’s a cause of concern and something to be worried about,” the rookie sensation said. “At this moment, we’re the only team that doesn’t have an import and is playing already.”

“Locals have to step up and be ready just to be sure para pag nag-plug in ng import, siya na lang ang hahabol,” he added.

The Road Warriors, coming off a breakthrough semifinal appearance in the Philippine Cup, found out the ground they still have to cover in their buildup for the midseason conference after suffering an 86-67 loss to Alaska in their first tune-up game of the offseason.

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“We’re catching up. This game says a lot on the things we have to work on,” the former Ateneo star said. “We think that we’re a far better team than what we showed this morning and we’re going to be ready.”

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