Shiga Lakestars officially welcomed NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena through its social
media pages on Sunday following news confirming the release from the PBA of the
Gilas Pilipinas stalwart.
Shiga tweeted on Sunday that Ravena has “joined us,” just a few days before they
open their campaign in the B.League.
Ravena, through Shiga’s official YouTube channel, thanked all of his supporters while
inviting them to watch the game between Shiga and San-En Neo Phoenix where his
younger brother Thirdy Ravena plays.
“Iniimbitahan ko po kayong panoorin ang laban naming magkapatid ni Thirdy, Shiga
Lakestars kontra San-En Neo Phoenix. Maraming maraming salamat po sa
pagsuporta sa aming dalawa at sana po ay magpatuloy ang suporta niyo all
throughout the season,” said Ravena in the short video message.
The Lakestars announced that the game will be free for all Filipinos who want to
witness the clash of the two Filipino stars. The Ravenas will face each other for their
openers in Japan B-League when Thirdy’s Neo Phoenix visit the Lakestars in back-to-
back games on October 2 and 3 at the Ukaruchan Arena in Otsu City.
News regarding Ravena’s release surfaced on Saturday and was later confirmed by
NLEX team Ronald Dulatre in a short message to Manila Bulletin.
Ravena looks to add firepower to Lakestars backcourt with his averages of 15.8 points
on 40-percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals, in the four
games he played for the Road Warriors in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.
Aside from the two Ravena’s, six other Filipino cagers are looking to make their
marks in Japan led by Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of Nagoya Diamond Dolphins and Kobe
Paras of Niigata Albirex BB.
Dwight Ramos will also suit up for Toyama Grouses and Javi Gomez de Liaño will play
for Ibaraki Robots. Juan Gomez de Liaño and Kenmark Carino join Division II teams
Earthfriends Tokyo Z and Aomori Wat’s respectively.