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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

PBA: Magnolia muse Sharon Cuneta shrugs off online bashers

BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Megastar Sharon Cuneta just shrugged off online bashers critical of her selection as the Magnolia Hotshots muse in the opening of the 44th PBA season here. Cuneta, an endorser of the poultry products of the compan, represented the newly-crowned Governors' Cup champions as they were introduced one by one. When the announcement was made that she would be the muse last Tuesday, an online firestorm erupted, bashing Cuneta for primarily her age. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta with the Magnolia Hotshots! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/XGqO6Z9dii — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 "Nothing. They don't mean anything to me. I'm the one that's here, and I was chosen by Magnolia. I didn't volunteer. I'm their major endorser, and I think that's understandable," the longtime Kapamilya said. The Megastar Sharon Cuneta has a message for her online bashers after a firestorm erupted regarding her selection. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/30gjB9eTus — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The mother of four also shared that she was friends with several members of the team, including Marc Pingris and Rafi Reavis. "Parang mama nila ako, kapatid – ate, tita, mama. Si Rafi hinahanap ko kasi halos he's my brother na. Si Ping, nandiyan na asawa ni Danica. Sayang wala si Captain Alvin kasi last time na I was a muse for Purefoods, it was the team ni Alvin," shared Cuneta. The 53-year old veteran actress and singer is no stranger to being the muse of the franchise, and accompanied Purefoods back in 1990 when Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa led the charge. It was a star-studded affair for all 12 squads, who brought lovely ladies to accompany them to the makeshift podium at the Philippine Arena floor. Beauty queen royalty graced the courts with 2015 Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach representing Ginebra and 2016 Ms. International Kylie Verzosa repping four-time defending champions San Miguel. Queen P with Ginebra! #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/uUzsqHKCV4 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Former Ms. International Kylie Verzosa with defending champs San Miguel. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aMO2w7pFw7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Also present was 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-Grand International Eva Patalinjug, who walked with Meralco. Beauty queen Eva Patalinjug with the Meralco Bolts. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/3i1yTwHdLa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Rounding up the pageant royalty are Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018 - Tourism International Aya Fernandez and Top 12 finalist Anie Uson. Aya Fernandez with NorthPort. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/lQzwULCAY7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Annie Uson with Rain or Shine. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/DFnwCNGtMa — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The stars of the small screen also were present, with 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion joining Phoenix, Kelley Day with Columbian, Klea Pineda for Alaska, and Sam Pinto joining TNT. 'Halik' star Yam Concepcion with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/p1ZDEDkyBu — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 The TNT KaTropa enter last with Sam Pinto. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/QYlXmFtdDz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Kelly Day with the Columbian Dyip. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/YOY6RLrDdz — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Actress Klea Pineda with the Alaska Aces. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/D6uAbdc5vs — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Fellow athletes also joined the festivities with PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the way for the NLEX Road Warriors, the team of her beau Kiefer Ravena.  PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez with the NLEX Road Warriors. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/mubw2mTw0L — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 Ravena was not present due to his FIBA suspension. Meanwhile, the duo of Motolite outside hitter Myla Pablo and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi went with Blackwater. Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi with Blackwater. #PBA2019 • @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/6JuTMNJfRf — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) January 13, 2019 __     Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

PBA 43 Review: Suspended surge at NLEX

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we take on the NLEX Road Warriors.   SUSPENDED SURGE After a problematic first season under new head coach Yeng Guiao, NLEX hit the jackpot in the 2017 PBA Draft. Armed with the no. 2 pick, the Road Warriors made the obvious choice and took guard Kiefer Ravena, arguably the most PBA ready prospect to make the jump in forever. He was PBA ready alright. Kief wasted little time in helping NLEX turn things around. With Ravena at the lead, the Road Warriors had their best tournament in the PBA so far and made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, pushing the Magnolia Hotshots to six games. That’s pretty much the best part of NLEX’s season though. The Road Warriors failed to have a strong finish in the semis series against the Hotshots after Kevin Alas tore his ACL early in Game 5. With Alas out, NLEX’s emerging K&K backcourt tandem was decimated. And after Ravena’s shock suspension from FIBA, the K&K, and in essence NLEX’s whole season, was lost. Ravena was slapped with an 18-month ban by FIBA for doping. Ravena took a protein drink with prohibited ingredients prior Gilas Pilipinas’ home win over Japan in the 2019 FIBA Asia Qualifiers in February. The suspension covers all basketball activities, including the PBA. With that development, NLEX naturally spiraled out of control in the Commissioner’s Cup, leading to an early elimination. The Road Warriors did well enough in the Asia League Summer Super 8 in Macau, finishing in the semifinals, to help set up a strong run in the Governors’ Cup. But with most of its key pieces gone, NLEX flamed out in the quarterfinals and a season that started with so much promise ended in bitter defeat. Patience will be a virtue for NLEX moving forward, but once the Road Warriors finally feature a complete lineup, the team’s suspended surge can hopefully continue in 2019 and beyond.   NLEX ROAD WARRIORS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 6-5 (6th place) Commissioner’s Cup: 2-9 (11th place) Governors’ Cup: 5-6 (8th place) Overall: 13 wins and 20 losses. Two playoff appearances, 1 Semifinals.   POST DRAFT NOTE: NLEX used two first round picks to select Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter. Both rookies didn’t play one game for the Road Warriors. NLEX used the two rookies as trade bait and eventually nabbed center Poy Erram from Blackwater. Erram certainly gives the Road Warriors a top center and he should be instrumental in NLEX as the team waits to feature a complete lineup with the K&K tandem.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Athletes to Watch Out for in 2019

Remember these names because for sure, they will be making the headlines this 2019. Kai Sotto The 7-foot-2 wunderkind of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets will be making major decisions in 2019. With opportunities opening up for him in Europe and USA, the current Grade 10 student of Ateneo High School has the option to leave the UAAP Juniors early to explore bigger stages. Billed as the nation's best bet to be the first Filipino homegrown NBA talent, there will definitely be a lot of eyes following this young man's every move.   Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras Former De La Salle Green Archer Rivero and former Creighton Blue Jay Paras are both set to make University of the Philippines' #AtinSeason82 bid more promising, as they finish their residency and finally play for the Maroons in the UAAP in 2019. Both players are expected to make immediate impacts in the history-seeking squad given Rivero's championship experience, Paras' athleticism, and both player's Gilas cadets background.   Kiefer Ravena 2018 was a tough year for national team player and NLEX Road Warrior Ravena after he was slapped with an 18-month suspension in FIBA and the PBA for testing positive for banned substances. Due to the suspension, Ravena has diverted his attention to other interests such as golf and volleyball but his days away from the hard court will be over come August 2019. By then, he will be taking the keys again for NLEX either in the PBA Commissioner's or Governor's Cup.   CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., and Robert Bolick The 2018 PBA Rookie Draft was full of quality guards, and these top three draftees are expected to make immediate impacts in their professional teams. Former NCAA superstars Perez and Bolick both already signed lucrative contracts with Columbian Dyip and Northport. On the other hand, after being drafted in the second pick by Blackwater Elite, the former UAAP MVP and ASEAN Basketball League champion and MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is still in the middle of trade talks and negotiations.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, and Joshua Pacio Team Lakay had a magical 2018 after producing four world champions in the Lightweight, Bantamweight, Flyweight, Strawweight divisions. However, as people say, defending a title is always tougher.  By 2019, all fighters will most likely have the tough assignment to keep their belts in Baguio City.   Manny Pacquiao Philippine sports fans will be treated to world-class boxing by as early as the second week of January, when Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gets back in the ring to defend his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against American Adrien Broner. Pacquiao's long-time mentor Freddie Roach will also be back in his corner, serving as a consultant. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)   Eya Laure University of Santo Tomas' much needed reinforcement is finally here, with incoming rookie Eya Laure. The former star of the UST girls volleyball team will be making her debut in the senior's division in UAAP Season 81 this February 2019. In the preseason activities for the PVL and the PSL, Laure already proved that she will be a reliable scoring option for the Golden Tigresses - a perfect aid for graduating Sisi Rondina.   Michelle Morente Volleyball fans, it's time to get used to the sight of Morente playing in La Salle green. Last September 2018, the former Ateneo Lady Eagle already played for La Salle during the beach volleyball tournament. If she makes Ramil de Jesus' cut, the feisty scorer will bolster the Lady Spikers' title defense in the UAAP Season 81 womne's volleyball tournament.    Kath Arado La Salle's Dawn Macandili set the gold standard of libero greatness in UAAP. However, in 2019, libero extraordinaire Arado of the University of the East has every chance to prove that she might be the next to take the mantle of Philippine collegiate volleyball's best libero. For her UAAP Season 81 preparations, Arado played in two conferences of the Philippine Superliga at the same time - for UE in the Collegiate Grand Slam and for Generika Ayala Lifesaves for the All-Filipino conference. As a proof of her caliber, she swept all libero awards in both conferences.   Kat Tolentino With Jho Maraguinot's decision to not come back for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 81, Kat Tolentino is expected to make the leap and be the number one scoring option for the blue-and-white. During their preseason preparations in the Premier Volleyball League under Ateneo-Motolite, rookie coach Oliver Almadro praised Tolentino for embracing her new role as the go-to girl. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Basketball in 2018: The San Miguel takeover

It was another good year for basketball in 2018. In the case of the Philippine Basketball Association, they literally took one full year to complete. One year and two days actually. That's a lot of basketball. And that's just one league. Basketball die-hards were truly blessed in 2018. To be honest, some of the things that happened literally only about five months ago, seem like a long time ago. That's how crazy this year has been. In order to try and fit everything together in this year-end review, let's do things by category. Let's play ball.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER Just to be clear here, by San Miguel, we mean San Miguel Corp. SMC teams continued to lord it over in basketball in 2018, at least on this part of the world. The flagship Beermen extended their dynasty in the Philippine Cup, beating Magnolia for a record four straight All-Filipino titles. [Related: June Mar scores 42 as Beermen complete Philippine Cup four-peat] Considering how easy they won this year and with significant upgrades present, it looks like there's still no stopping the San Miguel Beermen in the most prestigious tournament the Philippines has to offer. One team that did stop the Beermen this year were the Gin Kings of Brgy. Ginebra. With super import Justin Brownlee saving the day once again, Ginebra stopped San Miguel's Grand Slam drive for the second straight season, capturing the Commissioner's Cup in six games at the expense of the Beermen. [Related: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win] The Gin Kings stay winning with Brownlee, if the guys makes the Finals, he's pretty much right on the money. Ginebra is a perfect three-fo-three in the Finals with Brownlee as import and in five conferences with the super scorer, the Gin Kings have made at least the semifinals each time. In the Governors' Cup, we got Manila Clasico in the semifinals and for a change, it was Magnolia that came out on top in an absolute classic of a series. [Related: Hotshots dominate Alaska to win Governors' Cup] The Hotshots used that momentum to win their first title since their Grand Slam season, completing an SMC Grand Slam in 2018. It's the first time in history all three San Miguel teams won a title in the same year. That alone makes 2018 special.   SAN MIGUEL TAKEOVER PART 2 After Gilas Pilipinas pretty much imploded on its own (more on that later), the San Miguel takeover has finally extended to the national team. [Related: Pressure mounts for Guiao with "best Philippine team ever"] The SMC stars were finally full force with Gilas and while the wins have not come just yet, it's pretty cool to see guys like Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, and the rest of them play with the Gilas regulars of the yesteryears.   SAN MIGUEL TAKE OVER PART 3 Going away from the PBA a little bit, San Miguel stays winning as Alab Pilipinas brought the Asean Basketball League title back to the Philippine. Alab, with Jimmy Alapag coaching and Renaldo Balkman and Justim Brownlee as lead import, beat Thailand's Mono Vampire in five games for the title. [Related: Alab Pilipinas lights it up for country’s first title since 2013] It's the first ABL title for the Philippines since you guess it, San Miguel Beer's 2013 title with head coach Leo Austria and Asi Taulava.   BASKETBRAWLS Now we're getting to the good stuff. In a year where commotions were a little more common than usual, one very specific commotion managed to stand out. Actually, it was no mere commotion. It was a full-on fight. Back in July, Gilas Pilipinas engaged the Boomers of Australia in a massive brawl that resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fines that cost millions of pesos. [Related: 10 Gilas players suspended for brawl with Boomers] It also led to a national team coaching change and the San Miguel takeover in Gilas that we talked about before. In between, we actually finally saw Jordan Clarkson in Gilas Pilipinas so that counts as a win even though we only placed 5th in the Asian Games. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Is Clarkson actually worth all that trouble for Gilas?] Ultimately, the sad and unfortunate event that was the Gilas-Boomers brawl casted a bad reputation on the Philippine national team, one that Gilas might take a while to recover from.   DUST-ED Another rather unfortunate event this year was Kiefer Ravena's FIBA suspension. [Related: Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs] We all know the story so let's not dwell to much about such a tragic event. Let's just patiently wait for the Phenom's comeback. August 2019 can't come soon enough.   LOOKING AHEAD If you thought 2018 was hectic, wait until we get to 2019. The ABL is already in full swing and Alab's title defense should get into high gear as the new year starts. The PBA opens a new season in January. Also, Gilas still has some stuff on the way with the national team's FIBA World Cup chase. We also host the Southeast Asian Games so that's another two weeks of basketball. Other opportunities include the Asia League, NLEX and Blackwater did well in their Super 8 stints in Macau and it's interesting to find out who's going to represent the country in the emerging power in Asia. [Related: Asia League boss wants more PBA teams in his tournaments] If you thought 2018 was filled with great basketball, you're right. 2019 should be no different.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 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

NLEX hopes for Kiefer Ravena’s early return

NLEX team representative Ronald Dulatre said the other day the Road Warriors are hoping and praying for FIBA to uphold the SBP’s appeal to forego the remaining portion of Kiefer Ravena’s suspension......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

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