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Kiefer Ravena joins Gilas Men as they resume 'Calambubble'

Kiefer Ravena entered Gilas Men's "Calambubble". Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A PBA star makes his way back to Gilas Pilipinas Men training as they reopened the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba for their buildup for the February window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.

NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena, a longtime national team member, led the cast of 12 Gilas Men who reentered the "Calambubble" on Sunday.

Also returning to practice are PBA draftees Isaac Go, Matt and Mike Nieto, and Rey Suerte, and collegiate stars Javi Gomez de Liano, Dave Ildefonso, Justine Baltazar, Calvin Oftana, William Navarro, and Kenmark Carino.

Ateneo center Ange Kouame, whose naturalization is being processed in the Congress, also joined the training.

“These young men have not only proven their dedication to the Gilas program but have also shown their capability to work well as a team as we saw in the two games against Thailand in the last window,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

Jong Uichico, who was assigned as head coach during the November window, was tasked again to train Gilas Men along with national team program director Tab Baldwin, Boyet Fernandez, and Sandy Arespacochaga.

Meralco gaffer Norman Black and Rain Or Shine chief tactician Caloy Garcia were also named to the coaching staff.

“I’m thankful for their commitment as we continue to lay the foundation for the team we will form in 2023,” Panlilio further said.

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