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PBA: Ravena s status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension

Kiefer Ravena's suspension from FIBA is already in effect. For failing a random drug test issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), Ravena is banned from FIBA-sanctioned competitions for 18 months. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] The suspension already started last Feb. 25 and will last until August 24, 2019. As for his status with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, Ravena's camp is still seeking clarification from FIBA. At the moment, Ravena can't do anything but wait and he's at the mercy of basketball's world governing body. "For now, with the process of seeking clarification we don't want to... FIBA has been very lenient, baka pag pililtan pa, mapasama," Ravena said. "With the help of Commissioner Willie Marcial and the PBA, we are working hand-in-hand, we're doing our best to really make this easier for me and for everybody," he added. NLEX has released an official team statement regarding Kiefer.   In the time we’ve worked with @kieferravena15, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities. While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance. . The pre-workout aid that Kiefer took is completely legal in the Philippines and readily available at supplement stores around the country. The instance identified by FIBA was the first time that Kiefer tried the said pre-workout aid, and since it was readily available to the general public, he did not realize that it contained a substance specified to be prohibited in FIBA competition. In addition, Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake. We believe this does not reflect Kiefer's character in any way. . We support the SBP'S action to seek clarification with FIBA regarding the ruling with regards to whether the suspension will apply to the PBA. We will respect and uphold whatever the final decision may be. . We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time. . #OurGuy #ArangkadaNLEX A post shared by NLEX Road Warriors (@arangkadanlex) on May 28, 2018 at 3:24am PDT Obviously, the Road Warriors are sticking with their top rookie despite the uncertainty of his status in the ongoing PBA season. NLEX says it will respect and uphold any decision by FIBA. As for Kiefer, he maintains his innocence for unknowingly taking the workout drink that led to his FIBA suspension. For the record, the drink Ravena consumed is called, "Dust" and the banned substances were Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine. Kiefer supposedly consumed Dust pre-game before the Gilas Pilipinas-Japan game at the MOA Arena. He took the drug test afterwards and his urine Sample A came out positive for the three substances. Urine Sample B was tested and it came out positive again. FIBA's decision to suspend Ravena was finalized on May 22. "Plano? It's a waiting game," Ravena said of his PBA stint. "It's very difficult to make actions right away and act on instinct," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 28th, 2018

Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs

Say goodbye to Kiefer Ravena. For now. In a shocking development, Ravena is receiving a temporary ban from FIBA for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. After an official press conference Monday, Ravena is set to sit out for 1 and a half years, meaning he's set to miss Gilas Pilipinas' road back to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Ravena was picked for a random drug test by FIBA back in February and results showed that he tested positive for 3 banned substances. The ingredients were Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine and all of them are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.  The ingredients were from a workout drink Ravena took pre-game last February 25 when Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan. The drink, which is called Dust, was bought over the counter. Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph cited unnamed sources and first broke the story Monday morning regarding Kiefer's failed drug test during the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Napakahirap isipin na umabot dito ang nangyari. It was my honest mistake in taking that pre-workout drink," Ravena said in his statement during the press conference. "With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," he added. Ravena's status with the NLEX Road Warriors is up in the air as of press time. On Sunday, Ravena was pulled out from the final leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Games. Several members of the PBA Press Corps in Iloilo City reported the development following Commissioner Willie Marcial's confirmation that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas called Ravena and asked him to return to Manila immediately. [Related: PBA: Kiefer pulled out from All-Star Game for undisclosed reason] No addtional details were provided at that time. PBA players getting suspended for positive drug test results are nothing new. Back in 2003, Commissioner Noli Eala issued an indefinite suspension on Jimwell Torion. The Red Bull point guard reportedly tested positive for shabu. Kiefer's transition to the pros has been seamless so far. In the last Philippine Cup, he led NLEX all the way to Game 6 of the semifinals against Magnolia, It was the Road Warriors' first PBA semis appearance ever. Ravena has also been a crucial part in the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers, appearing in all four games of the national team in the first round.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

PBA: Ravena s status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension

Kiefer Ravena's suspension from FIBA is already in effect. For failing a random drug test issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), Ravena is banned from FIBA-sanctioned competitions for 18 months. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] The suspension already started last Feb. 25 and will last until August 24, 2019. As for his status with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, Ravena's camp is still seeking clarification from FIBA. At the moment, Ravena can't do anything but wait and he's at the mercy of basketball's world governing body. "For now, with the process of seeking clarification we don't want to... FIBA has been very lenient, baka pag pililtan pa, mapasama," Ravena said. "With the help of Commissioner Willie Marcial and the PBA, we are working hand-in-hand, we're doing our best to really make this easier for me and for everybody," he added. NLEX has released an official team statement regarding Kiefer.   In the time we’ve worked with @kieferravena15, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities. While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance. . The pre-workout aid that Kiefer took is completely legal in the Philippines and readily available at supplement stores around the country. The instance identified by FIBA was the first time that Kiefer tried the said pre-workout aid, and since it was readily available to the general public, he did not realize that it contained a substance specified to be prohibited in FIBA competition. In addition, Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake. We believe this does not reflect Kiefer's character in any way. . We support the SBP'S action to seek clarification with FIBA regarding the ruling with regards to whether the suspension will apply to the PBA. We will respect and uphold whatever the final decision may be. . We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time. . #OurGuy #ArangkadaNLEX A post shared by NLEX Road Warriors (@arangkadanlex) on May 28, 2018 at 3:24am PDT Obviously, the Road Warriors are sticking with their top rookie despite the uncertainty of his status in the ongoing PBA season. NLEX says it will respect and uphold any decision by FIBA. As for Kiefer, he maintains his innocence for unknowingly taking the workout drink that led to his FIBA suspension. For the record, the drink Ravena consumed is called, "Dust" and the banned substances were Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine. Kiefer supposedly consumed Dust pre-game before the Gilas Pilipinas-Japan game at the MOA Arena. He took the drug test afterwards and his urine Sample A came out positive for the three substances. Urine Sample B was tested and it came out positive again. FIBA's decision to suspend Ravena was finalized on May 22. "Plano? It's a waiting game," Ravena said of his PBA stint. "It's very difficult to make actions right away and act on instinct," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

PBA: 'Hindi ako nagsha-shabu,' says Kiefer

Kiefer Ravena is already suspended by FIBA. His status with NLEX in the PBA is uncertain. Kiefer Ravena already took that workout drink that led to him failing a drug test initiated by FIBA. His results showed that he had three substances in his system that were banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA). [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] All of that has transpired and Ravena is facing the consequences right now. However, in a country where it's almost too easy to label one as a drug user, Kiefer is asking to not mistake him as someone who's into doing illegal drugs. "I guess what I'm really particular is saying that the prohibited substances that were found in the drink, it's not your common drugs," Ravena said Monday after an official press conference that shed light on his situation. "Ayoko isipin ng tao na nagsha-shabu ako or nagma-marijuana, nagco-cocaine. That's way out of hand," he added. [Related: PBA: Ravena's status with NLEX up in the air following FIBA suspension] Just for clarity, Ravena failed his drug test because he took a drink with ingredients that are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances. Last Feb. 25 before Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan in the World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Ravena consumed a workout drink called "Dust."  The drink was bought over the counter. Illegal drugs are well... illegal. The likes of Shabu and Marijuana are under the category of illegal drugs and are not to be confused with prohibited substances. For the record, the substances found in Ravena's system that were in Dust were, Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine. Ravena has declined to mention where he bought the product and has been very apologetic of his actions. Kiefer says it was an honest mistake and a lesson learned. He has no one to blame but himself. "Kasi pag sinabi ko kung saan bibilhin baka puntahan pa at bilhin ng ibang tao. Baka subukan kung ano ba talaga feeling nun, ako pa naka-impluwensya di ba. Baka may madamay pa akong ibang Pinoy na atleta diyan na gusto lang subukan para lang masabi na 'ah ganito pala yung tine-take niya,'" he said. "With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," Ravena added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena to start nationwide anti-doping awareness program

  MANILA, Philippines – While serving his 18-month FIBA suspension , Kiefer Ravena has trained his efforts on leading the country's anti-doping awareness program together with his PBA team NLEX Road Warriors.  "We're setting up a program for my advocacy when it comes to anti-doping. Hopefully it spreads knowledge, education, not only ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Kiefer stays strong under suspension

NLEX and Gilas guard Kiefer Ravena said yesterday it’s been difficult to live life without basketball but he’s staying strong while serving his FIBA-imposed WADA suspension up to Aug. 24 next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

PBA: NLEX still looking for a flicker of hope in Commissioner s Cup campaign

Following a 117-106 loss to the TNT KaTropa, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao could only wish for a 'flicker of hope' that could save their Commissioner's Cup campaign as they dropped to a 2-5 record. The Road Warriors even led 80-79 in the third quarter, before their sister team unleashed a 10-1 run that put them ahead for good. NLEX, of course is playing without their promising backcourt of Kevin Alas (ACL tear) and Kiefer Ravena (18-month suspension by FIBA). "Maybe deep in our hearts parang may ano pa rin slim chance, some flicker of hope that's still there. That's why it still feels frustrating, we still feel angry not being able to close it out very because last 4-5 minutes we still had a chance to win." Coping with the loss of their backcourt, the team could do nothing but adjust to the perilous situation given to them by fate, and if they want to compete for a playoff spot, they would have to take down the three-headed monster of the San Miguel Corporation to have a chance. "We're 2 and 5. Four games left. You need to win all four to be assured of a slot. but you still have to play San Miguel, you still have to play Ginebra, you still have to play Magnolia. Those are really strong teams." For a situation that needs a lot of composure to come by, the team's expectation's have not faded nor sunk, as NLEX, Guiao says needs to find a way in order to get over the psychological hump. "If you look at the situation parang medyo mahirap na, but we're not losing hope. The reason why were frustrated and angry is exactly our expectations are still high. We have to find a way to psychologically move forward without those guys."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

PVL: It s a blessing in disguise -- Valdez on Ravena suspension

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez sees the suspension of boyfriend Kiefer Ravena frominternational and professional basketball as a ‘blessing in disguise’ that would benefit Filipino athletes, as it raises awareness on banned substances. Ravena tested positive for three banned substances in a random drug test conducted after the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Gilas guard was slapped with an 18-month ban on all FIBA-sanctioned tournaments. Ravena took a pre-workout drink called Dust, which he allegedly bought over the counter. “Yeah I think that’s the blessing in disguise doon sa nangyari and magiging careful na lahat kasi everything’s over the counter,” said Valdez after Creamline’s 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, win over BaliPure-National University Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We just want to perform well, to be ready sa lahat ng games natin and dahil sa nangyari at least alam natin na ano kailangan din natin maging careful din,” she added. Ravena, for now, is banned from engaging in any basketball related activities including playing for and practicing with his mother team NLEX in the PBA while serving the FIBA sanction.   The former Ateneo de Manila University cage star is currently active in raising awareness among fellow athletes on the WADA list of banned substances.   “We can’t say we’re ok but I think Kiefer is a man who stands sa mga nangyayari,” Valdez said. “I really don’t know how to answer ‘cause I’m not in the position of Kiefer to answer naman. But I know everyone who’s behind din naman is really supporting him kung ano man ang nangyayari.” “Actually it’s a nice way of seeing parang looking at the brighter side na at least alam natin kung ano pa ‘yung mga dapat nating maging careful tayo sa lahat ng mga bagay,” she said. “Everyone’s supporting him naman din also so we’re OK naman.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Ravena out of PBA too for now

Embattled basketball player Kiefer Ravena will not see action with the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basketball Association while serving his FIBA-mandated suspension......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger comes to the defense of an embattled Kiefer

Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena have grown to be very close friends since last year. Teammates in Gilas Pilipinas and the top-2 picks of the 2017 PBA Draft, Standhardinger and Ravena are as close as they could get. So when Ravena got an 18-month suspension from FIBA for doping, Standhardinger was affected as well. [Related: PBA: Helpless Kiefer can only watch NLEX from afar for now] Standhardinger was particularly affected for all the negative comments his friend has been receiving since the controversy went mainstream. And on Wednesday, just after he picked up his first career PBA win, Standhardinger took the time to defend Kiefer. "I've been seeing a lot of bad comments regarding that, regarding Kiefer's character. That's just complete... I don't know if I can use the word, but bullsh*t," Standhardinger said as he came to the defense of Ravena. "Kiefer is a great guy, he's a very responsible guy," he added. Kiefer tested positive form three substances included in the WADA's list of Prohibited Substances. He got those substances in his system after taking a pre-workout drink called Dust. Ravena admitted to the violation but he called it an honest mistake and he has accepted the 18-month ban. "If you guys check the FIBA application  -- nothing against the FIBA  -- there's so many substances, it's a fricking long list. So it's very hard," Standhardinger said, implying that the violation could have happened to anyone. "It's very easy to just have an error and make a mistake there. I think Kiefer apologized, and Kiefer will have ... I mean, that's a big punishment, being out for 18 months, and that's his punishment. There should not be any bad comments or bad-mouthing, or shaming. That's not your spot to do, you know? He got his punishment, he took responsibility, what more do you want to do?" he added. Ultimately, Standhardinger says that everyone can learn a lesson from Kiefer's mistake. But the top rookie lauded Ravena for handling the situation as best as he can. "I think that it's a good learning point for all of the Gilas players," he said. "But I think Kiefer is handling the situation great, and with a lot of character and responsibility," Standhardinger added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Amid FIBA suspension, Kiefer Ravena displays unwavering support for NLEX

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena wants the NLEX Road Warriors to know he got their backs the same way they have his. While an 18-month suspension from FIBA prevented Ravena from suiting up for the Road Warriors, that did not stop the PBA rookie from cheering for his mother team in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena s absence a temporary setback for NLEX, says Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Even without rising star Kiefer Ravena, life goes on for the NLEX Road Warriors.  NLEX needs to dig deep in its rotation as it tries to remain relevant in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup sans the services of Ravena, who was slapped an 18-month suspension by FIBA after ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba

Kiefer Ravena, one of the country's brightest young stars, has been suspended by Fiba after he tested positive for banned substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announced on Monday. Ravena will be ineligible from Fiba competition from Feb. 25, 2018, which was the date he was subjected to a random drug testing during Gilas Pilipinas' home game against Japan, to Aug. 24, 2019, a sanction that could also keep him from suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA during the time period. SBP president Al Panlilio said they received formal communication from Fiba on May 22 that Ravena tested positive for three ingredientsDimeth...Keep on reading: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran

National team head coach Yeng Guiao is in no rush to name his final 12 to start the second round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Exactly a week before Gilas plays Iran on the road, coach Yeng is still refusing to name his final lineup, saying that they might as well name the team once they're in the Middle East. He even declined to name any shoo-ins to his Final 12. "Wala pa rin. Let's keep it exciting. There’s no real urgency to name the 12 guys. So we’ll stick with the 16 as for now. Although it’s really just 14, kasi di naman makakalaro si Japeth at si Matthew sa Iran," Guiao said after practice Thursday. "We also don't want the guys who may not be chosen to feel left out this early. So malalaman din naman nila. Mas mabuti nang nandoon na kami sa Iran," he added. With the Iran game fast approaching and short on extra bodies, Coach Yeng says the national team will take all 16 players to Iran, even Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright who can't play against the Iranians due to their one-game suspension from FIBA. "We'll take all 16 players, so yung dalawang suspended di makakalaro kaya lang kailangan namin sila doon para tuluy-tuloy yung practice," Guiao said. One problem that still persists though is the eligibility of Greg Slaughter. Gilas is yet to hear anything if the Ginebra slotman counts as a local or not. "We’re still in limbo with regards to the status of Greg. We’re just waiting for that. We hope it’s announced before we leave," Guiao said. "But I think we’ll choose between Stanley and Christian on who the naturalized player will be for the Iran game. But we’re not making that decision right away. Puwede namang doon na sa Iran gawin yon eh. Kasi ang submission ng final lineup is the day before the game eh," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers: Guiao set to take over Gilas in second window

'Gilastopainters' head coach Yeng Guiao's duty with the national team will enjoy an extended stay as he is set to mentor the team at the continuation of the second window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The fiery Guiao, who is currently in Jakarta handling the affairs of the national squad, will now be in charge of handling a Gilas squad still reeling from the suspension of 10 players and head coach Chot Reyes, who was himself slapped with a one-game ban. Guiao, who currently coaches the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, previously held the post in 2009, where he guided a Powerade Team Pilipinas squad to 8th place in the FIBA Asia Championships that year. According to SBP president Al Panlilio, Guiao will be handling the squad when they face Iran on Sept. 13 and a close-door home game against Qatar on Sept. 17. “We advised Coach Yeng last night, and he has of course accepted it para sa bansa,” Panlilio told Manila Bulletin's Waylon Galvez. “He’s committed to also coach the next window.” Reyes and the team were meted the punishments following the brawl against Australia last July 2 at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Robert Bolick now a scholar of the Kiefer Ravena school

Always one to strive for greatness, Robert Bolick was looking at how to improve right after he recorded his career-high a week ago. “Gusto kong matuto nang matuto nang matuto hangga’t kung sino yung pwede dyang makatulong sa game ko. No limit naman yung dreams and expectations mo sa sarili mo e ako, gusto ko, dun sa taas e,” he told reporters after dropping a personal best 24 points last Tuesday. Then, he reached out to PBA star and San Beda alumnus LA Tenorio, who was calling his first game for the S+A panel, for tips. Also, he revealed his plans to get-together with one of basketball’s shining stars. “Mine-message ko rin si Kiefer kasi ‘di naman siya naglalaro this time so may free time siya and pwede niya ako turuan,” he shared. Just two days later, Bolick got what he wanted. As it turns out, Ravena went to Mendiola to work out with him. As much aa we can say about his game, he still works harder than everybody else. Much respect. Ps. Remember when u guarded me during your rookie year? Ha. Psych. 🤣 Goodluck, 👑🦁 pic.twitter.com/ACl2uK1oEB — Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) Hulyo 26, 2018 For that, the King Lion is nothing but thankful. “Medyo busy lang talaga siya, pero nagpapasalamat ako na he made time to come to school. Nagpapasalamat lang ako na tinuruan niya ako ng libre at walang bayad,” he said. He then continued, “He’s a big part of my game. Lahat ng mga tinuturo niya sa akin, ginagawa ko rin.” Ravena is not even halfway into his 18-month suspension in the PBA in FIBA and so, he has all the time in the world to help out Bolick. Help out Bolick, Ravena did. “Nakakatulong talaga yung training with him. Marami siyang drills na itinurong bago sakin,” the former said, already feeling like a better player after their training session. The graduating guard is only hoping that would not be their last get-together. “Hopefully, if ever libre siya, magcha-chat naman siya sa akin,” he said. Ball’s on your court now, “Phenom.” “Big Shot Bolick” is just waiting for a follow-up training session. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

PBA: Grand ROS reunion a possibility for Asian Games

Rain or Shine and head coach Yeng Guiao are about to be reunited and it should feel so good. Following the FIBA suspension of most of its core, TNT will no longer represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. Instead, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, the no. 1 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, are all but set to take over in the quadrennial event. Coaching the team will be Yeng Guiao of the NLEX Road Warriors. Before his stint with NLEX, coach Yeng handled ROS and led the team to two PBA titles. In a report by PBA Press Corps president Gerry Ramos of Spin.ph, coach Yeng is all set to be in charge of the Asian Games team and he wants some of his old players back to complete a quick ROS reunion. Guiao reportedly wants Magnolia's Paul Lee and Ginebra's Jeff Chan back though it would be a longshot considering the Gin Kings are yet to even start their Commissioner's Cup Finals series against San Miguel. The last time coach Yeng handled a Philippine team was in 2009 with Powerade-Pilipinas that competed in the FIBA-Asia Championships. Regarding the Asian Games, and the state of Gilas Pilipinas in general, the PBA Board will meet Thursday. The meeting should give more clarity on the numerous topics and issues surrounding the national team.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

NCAA: From LA to Kiefer, Bolick is inspired by the greats

Looks like Robert Bolick chose the perfect moment to put up his new career-high. San Beda University’s main man scored 25 points on Tuesday to tow his team to a come-from-behind victory versus College of St. Benilde. He also came through when it needed the most, firing the last eight points in what proved to be the pivotal push for the Red Lions. He did all that right in front of LA Tenorio – PBA star and San Beda alumnus – who was calling his first game for the S+A panel. Of course, Bolick said Tenorio’s presence inspired him. “Siyempre, si LA, been there, done that kaya pagpasok ko pa lang sa court, sabi ko na I have to play high-level basketball,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “At least ang maganda, kung may mga mali ako, malalapitan ko siya kung ano pang kailangan kong matutunan.” With that, the graduating guard is just staying true to his identity of being one who strives for greatness. “Gusto kong matuto nang maturo nang matuto hangga’t kung sino yung pwede syan na makatulong sa game ko. No limit naman yung dreams and expectations mo sa sarili mo e ako, gusto ko dun sa taas e,” he shared. That is exactly why even outside the NCAA, Bolick is doing his all to get better.  As it turns out, the 2018 UAAP-NCAA Press Corps Collegiate Player of the Year is seeking advice from one of basketball’s shining stars. “Mine-message ko rin si Kiefer kasi ‘di naman siya naglalaro this time so may free time siya and pwede niya akong turuan,” he said. And yes, because Kiefer Ravena is not even halfway into his 18-month suspension in the PBA and in FIBA, he has all the time in the world to help out Bolick. As he put it, “We’re setting up our schedule pa. Nag-approach lang ako para matulungan siya tutal I’m not that busy naman.” He then candidly continued, “Hopefully, I don’t get to violate anything with regards to my sanction.” Along with sessions with Ravena, Bolick is also taking inspiration from whenever he watches TNT guards during practice. “Kung nasa Moro ako (for training), parati kong pinapanood yung TNT practice tapos nandun sina Terrence [Romeo], [RR] Pogoy, [Jayson] Castro. Sila, nandun na sila e tapos kami rito sa college, yun yung gusto naming puntahan,” he said. He then continued, “Pinapanood ko yung diskarte nila sa laro and yun yung kailangan kong i-adapt e.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

SUPER 8: Coach Yeng misses Kiefer, Kevin

MACAU --- NLEX has performed well enough in the Super 8 tournament to find themselves competing for a podium finish. To wrap up the games at the East Asian Games Dome here, the Road Warriors will have their rematch against South Korea's Etland Elephants for third place. But in NLEX's week-long journey in Macau, it would have been better if the team had its handful of superstars who are currently out of rotation. "In this situation you kinda miss Kiefer, Kevin, Alex, and Larry," head coach Yeng Guiao sadid. Guiao of course, is talking about Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Alex Mallari, and Larry Fonacier. However, Ravena is in middle of serving his 18-month FIBA ban, Alas is out for the season with an ACL injury, while Mallari and Fonacier are back home both nursing nagging injuries and sickness. Any of the four, or all of them, could have greatly helped the Road Warriors during the team's previous loss to the Elephants or NLEX's failed comeback bid vs. the Guangzhou Long Lions in the Super 8 semis Saturday. "You kinda miss those guys," Guiao said. Regardless, coach Yeng is happy with NLEX's stint in Macau as it gave some of his young guns to shine. Mac Tallo and Kenneth Ighalo are just some players that have shined for the Road Warriors in the Super 8. "But again, it's also good for these young guys that they're able to experience something like this," Guiao said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Kiefer Ravena’s business side

There’s a side to basketball star Kiefer Ravena not too many fans know about. It’s his business acumen. Now that he’s on leave from the game to serve his FIBA suspension, Ravena has more time to oversee his business ventures......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Guiao: 18-month ban like killing Ravena s career

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao wasn't a fan of euphemisms when he described Kiefer Ravena's 18-month ban that Fiba imposed on the PBA rookie after testin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018