Kiefer Ravena will not be returning for the remainder of NLEX’s PBA Philippine Cup campaign after being cleared to play for the Shiga Lakestars in time for the start of the Japanese B.League season next week.
Team manager Ronald Dulatre confirmed on Saturday, September 24 that Ravena had received the full blessing of NLEX and PBA to focus on his stint in Japan, even though the Road Warriors are still preparing for the next quarterfinals of final.
“Yes. The NLEX clearance has been passed to (the) PBA,” Dulatre said in a short message confirming Ravena’s clearance.
Ravena then took to social media to thank NLEX and the league, saying, “Thank you to my family (NLEX) and my management and family (PBA).”
It should be remembered that the PBA allowed Ravena to prepare for Shiga on the condition that he ends his NLEX duties after the Philippine Cup.
But Ravena left for Japan before the restart in Bacolor, Pampanga at the end of August to organize the necessary requirements for her passage in B.League.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said nearly two weeks earlier he was unsure of the timing of Ravena’s return.
Ravena played all four of her NLEX games at the end of July at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, averaging 15.8 points on 40% shots with 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals .
The month-long shutdown of eliminations due to COVID-19 pushed the current conference further, which may have played a role in ensuring Ravena got the green light to start her campaign in Japan on time.
Ravena and Shiga open their B.League season with a two-game weekend streak against younger brother Thirdy and the San-en Neophoenix on October 2-3.
The Road Warriors advanced to the quarter-finals after finishing 5-6, but will face the No.2 Meralco Bolts with a two-win disadvantage.
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