Kiefer puts aside affinity with Thirdy

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BROTHERS forever, but adversaries in court.

This is how Kiefer Ravena approached his first duel against his younger brother Thirdy Ravena, which ended with his Shiga Lakestars taking the 93-83 victory over the San-En NeoPhoenix on Saturday to begin their campaign in the 2021- season. 22 B. League.

“It really looks like a big game. It was really great for us and I think it was a really big time for our family and everyone in the Philippines. We started playing basketball together in our backyard, but tonight he was my opponent. “

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It was truly a defining moment for Ravena as eight Filipinos are set to take Japan’s professional basketball league by storm this year.

“Today’s game was really important to me. Besides me, many other Filipino players, including Thirdy, now play and play an active role in this league. Each of us plays with pride and carries the Philippine flag. At the same time that we would like to represent the Philippines, we would also like to produce results for our own teams. “

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Kiefer orchestrated Shiga’s huge rally in the second half to come back by 22 points before shutting out San-En late for the 10-point victory.

He finished with 11 points, eight assists and three rebounds in a magnificent start to his career in Japan.

But that’s how Kiefer is. For people who have followed his career at Ateneo up to PBA and now in B. League, he’s a guy who refuses to lose.

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“I think it was a game that strongly expressed my desire to win. Especially with the team so young, I just thought I had to play well and pull this team behind me. I guess today’s game ‘hui was the result of our realizing that we have to push each other while doing it for myself, whether on offense or defense, “he said.

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Following the win, Kiefer intends to secure another victory at the expense of his brother Thirdy with the Lakestars and NeoPhoenix facing off again on Sunday.

“I’m really happy to win today’s game. However, I think we have to focus on tomorrow’s game again because if we lose tomorrow this victory will mean nothing.”

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