Kiefer Ravena back at Gilas practice after long layoff

first_img“I woke up 12 hours before practice. Obviously, I am ecstatic just to be around coach Yeng (Guiao), the coaching staff and to expand my knowledge about the system and most importantly, to be around my teammates.”The former Ateneo star is also set to be back training with the NLEX Road Warriors on Tuesday.READ: Kiefer ‘most logical choice’ as Castro replacementRavena is expected to play a vital role for Gilas after being tapped by head coach Yeng Guiao as the replacement for Jayson Castro, who begged off from the 2019 Fiba World Cup duties Friday night.READ: Castro to skip 2019 FIBA World CupADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ravena, Paras weigh in on Gilas’ loss to Canada in Jones Cup PLAY LIST 01:48Ravena, Paras weigh in on Gilas’ loss to Canada in Jones Cup01:26Filipino fans in Taiwan give Ravena, Paras warm reception00:59Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kiefer Ravena warms up in his basketball return. Ravena, who was out for over a year, rejoined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Meralco Gym in Pasig. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena is back after being out for over a year. Ravena on Monday made his first basketball appearance since May 2018 after being suspended by FIBA for unknowingly taking a pregame supplement that contained banned substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The 25-year-old Ravena has been cleared to practice since his ineligibility period ends on August 24, 2019.READ: Kiefer Ravena out to show ‘tougher, wiser’ version in returnFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRavena, one of the best young players in the country today, rejoined Gilas Pilipinas in practice in time for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China, which tips off on August 31.“I felt like a kid and you gave back my toy after taking it away from me for a long time. That’s exactly how I felt,” Ravena said in Filipino as he tried to put his basketball return into words after practice. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barty beats Goerges in Birmingham final to take No. 1 spot Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more