OPPOSITES do attract.
They may belong to rival teams and have contrasting personalities, but that hasn't gotten in the way of a deep friendship that has developed between Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena and San Beda ace Baser Amer.
Kiefer of course is gregarious and famous, the son of former star athletes Mozzy and Bong Ravena whose rise to stardom came almost naturally; Baser is the introvert, born and raised in their humble home in Davao before being recruited to play in the Big City.
Yet the contrast hasn't prevented them from forging what is considered one of the most solid friendships in college sports today.
Kiefer recalled with fondness how he immediately hit it off with the soft-spoken Baser when they first met back in high school while playing together in a basketball camp.
“Nag-start kami ni Baser sa 2009-2010 Nike camp. Doon kami una nagkasabay sa Brent Laguna,” he told Spin.ph.
They immediately clicked.
“Sabi nga nila opposites attract, ako ‘yung madaldal, ako ‘yung magulo. Siya ‘yung nagba-balance ng kaguluhan ko bilang ang tahimik niya, simple lang siya,” the reigning UAAP MVP out of Ateneo said.
The two had become so close since then to the point that they’re being teased of having a ‘bromance.’
Kiefer just shrugged off the notion and said he doesn’t want to put a label on his friendship with Baser.
“Nag-click kami, ayaw kong sabihing more than friends, pero naging sobrang close kami, naging close siya sa family ko, nagtutulungan kami sa career ng bawat isa,” said Kiefer, 21.
“It’s something special,” he added.
The two were among the prized recruits upon graduating from high school in 2011. And all eyes were on them as fans awaited on whether they would stay with their alma mater or not, Kiefer with Ateneo and Baser with San Beda.
In fact, each other’s opinion mattered in their decision making.
“When we were high school, we were sought after by so many schools. Nagtutulungan kami kung saan dapat magpunta,” said Ravena.
Although Kiefer does not want to say who’s the better player between the two, what’s certain is that they'll bring the best out of each other if they are going to play together in one team.
“Siguro mas magaling kami sa isa’t-isa pag nagsama kami sa isang team. Doon ko lang masasabi,” said Kiefer, who’s a scoring guard as opposed to Baser, who is a natural pass-first point guard.
“Kasi even though we’re in the same position, our styles are very different eh. I score a lot, while he passes the ball very, very well,” he added. “Complimentary to that if we’re on the same team, it works for each other, mabi-bring the best out of both of us.”
The two already played together with the Gilas cadet team in the recent 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore where the nationals bagged the country’s 11th consecutive gold medal.
As he PBA beckons, questions remain on whether they will finally become teammates in the PBA or continue to play against each other.
Kiefer does not want to look too far ahead. He just wants to take his time.
“Siguro Baser is the closest I can be compared with na talagang ne-enjoy kong kalaro, ne-eenjoy kong kalaban to the point na minsan nakangiti na lang ako sa loob ng court pag kalaban ko siya kasi nage-enjoy akong kasama siya,” he said.