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Ravena bros sees himself playing in PBA on the road

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As successful as they are in the Japan B.League, the Ravena brothers agreed that playing together or against each other in the PBA remains a dream for both of them.

No one can guess when this might happen.

“I see myself playing in the [PBA], but we don’t know when,” Thirdy said. “We are fulfilling our basketball careers and I feel like I have to play in the Philippines as well and see the amazing crowd in the pros. So yes, of course.

“But when, we don’t know.”

Kiefer agreed, noting, “For us right now it’s just about really taking care of ourselves and staying healthy so we can make sure that happens in the future.”

Thirdy was lucky enough to apply for the PBA Rookie Draft two years ago before accepting a deal with the San-En NeoPhoenix in 2020, making him the first Filipino to sign as an import under the quota of Asian players from the Japanese professional league.

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Kiefer, meanwhile, got a release from NLEX Road Warriors last year to be able to sign with the Shiga Lakestars.

Since then, the Ravenas have become surefire draws in Japan as they have both established themselves as vital cogs for their respective teams.

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In his second season with San-En, Thirdy earned his way to the top five and averaged 12.7 points on 41% shooting from the field, in addition to 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.8 minutes through 24 games.

On the other hand, Kiefer averaged 11.9 points on 31 percent shooting from deep, 5.5 cents, 1.6 boards and 1.5 steals in 24.9 minutes over 26 games.

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Although the prospect of playing at home has never left their minds, Ravenas are simply trying to live in the present and prove themselves worthy of being Asian imports to the Japanese league on a game-by-game basis.

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“It’s a very long season here and we’ll never know when it will happen, especially with Thirdy here. We’re hoping for the best, more than anything else,” Kiefer said.

Thirdy added: “We always try to take it season by season. It’s a long season here in Japan and we’re all relatively new so we just have to adjust and make sure we’re 100 per cent in every game so that we can show everyone our game in every game.”

But you bet the Ravenas are still dreaming of that day when they face off or even team up in the PBA.

“I also feel like I came from the Philippines when I was a kid, I always dreamed of playing in the PBA as well as part of my career,” Thirdy said.

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“For us brothers, being able to play in the league where our father also played is also part of our dreams too, whether it’s in the same team or playing against each other like what we are doing now here in Japan, “said Kiefer.

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“It’s good to tell this story in the future for our children and our families, that we all played together in a league with our father. [Bong] and it’s going to be an awesome sight to see and an awesome story to tell.”

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