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    NLEX files appeal as Ravena barred from watching games for duration of Fiba ban

    Jun 3, 2018
    Kiefer Ravena is prohibited from even watching games of NLEX. Jerome Ascano

    DON’T expect to see Kiefer Ravena in the games anytime soon.

    With Fiba handing down his 18-month ban with finality, the super rookie bared that he’s prohibited from attending the games even as a spectator.

    “Bawal eh,” he quipped.

    Even NLEX coach Yeng Guiao was perplexed with the Fiba ruling, but said that they have to abide by the decision.

    “Sa mga games, malabo pa ata 'yun. Ganoon katindi yung decision,” he said.

    To Guiao’s knowledge, Ravena’s ban covers all basketball-related activities, from games to practices, as the 24-year-old cager has to stay away from the sport until the end of his penalty in August 2019.

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      “We don't have any idea what he will do, based on the limitations set by the ruling. Kaya nga sinasabi ko, medyo malupit masyado 'yung punishment na binigay sa kanya. Sa atin lang vague kasi ngayon lang natin na-experience 'yung ganoon. Dahil hindi malinaw sa atin, kailangang ipaliwanag nila sa atin,” he said.

      NLEX, though, has made an appeal that will allow Ravena to watch the games and is hoping to have an affirmative answer before its next game against Ginebra on Saturday.

      “We’re still waiting, actually. Baka before our Ginebra game sa Legazpi, baka may sagot na,” he said.

      Before Ravena’s ban, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft was averaging 17.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.6 assists this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

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      Kiefer Ravena is prohibited from even watching games of NLEX. Jerome Ascano
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