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On board Gilas ‘destroyer,’ Ravena eyes sixth SEAG gold

Shiga Lakestars’ Kiefer Ravena. –SHIGA PHOTO

Kiefer Ravena will get to shoot for a sixth Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games gold medal in any case. And he’ll do it with teammates constructed to destroy the opposition in an occasion that comes closest to a positive gold for the Philippines within the biennial meet.

Ravena, conspicuously absent from the unique 16-man pool, is available in as a substitute for spitfire guard Robert Bolick, in response to nationwide coach Chot Reyes.

“Robert … needed to fly to the [United States] to be together with his ailing father,” Reyes informed the Inquirer shortly after confirming the composition of the nationwide crew out to win—and win large—in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Additionally within the crew is six-time Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA) Most Priceless Participant June Mar Fajardo, underscoring the plan of Gilas Pilipinas to what gunner Matthew Wright had beforehand described as sustaining the nation’s dominance within the area.

“We’re the crew USA of the SEA Video games … You may’t give [opponents] something—any confidence,” Wright, who was additionally named within the closing reduce, had beforehand mentioned.

“Even when they lose by 15 factors, to them that’s like an ethical victory, proper? We’ve acquired to destroy these groups,” he added.

Other than Ravena, Fajardo and Wright, additionally suiting up for the Philippines are Mo Tautuaa, who will likely be Gilas’ naturalized participant, Japan-based professional Thirdy Ravena, PBA execs Roger Pogoy, Kib Montalbo and Troy Rosario, younger nationwide crew reliables Isaac Go and Will Navarro, and teenager Francis Lopez, who already has had a cameo with the nationwide crew.

One other Japan-based professional and a cornerstone of the nationwide program for subsequent 12 months’s basketball World Cup, Dwight Ramos, begged off from the SEA Video games as a result of his commitments abroad, in response to Reyes.

Ravena’s private golden streak within the SEA Video games started in Jakarta, Indonesia, again in 2011. He has been a fixture within the regional meet ever since.

The opposite notable cuts from the unique expertise pool have been Poy Erram, Caelum Harris, and Japeth Aguilar whom Reyes mentioned was nonetheless recovering from a leg downside he sustained throughout Ginebra’s latest title protection within the PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Philippines has been the undisputed king in SEA Video games basketball, having gained 18 gold medals. The Nationals have additionally gained the final 13 crowns within the males’s occasion.

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