first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Cavaliers sign Turkish talent Osman Well, fate had it that he wouldn’t do well in that game.“My stat line was consistent – zero points and most of everything else was the same,” he said with a smile.Then came the genius that is Black.“The following practice, and in our next games, coach Norman turned me into No. 2 (off guard) and had me playing alongside Eman,” Ravena said. “That was it. I was able to help the team more.”Jong Uichico, one of Chot Reyes’ assistants at Gilas, has become a Ravena fan ever since this team was assembled. And the veteran internationalist believes that there is no better spot for Ravena to play, especially when he turns pro.“He’s got instincts and IQ that you don’t see everyday,” Uichico said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Uichico is raving about Ravena’s ability to read game situations and make quick decisions.“I have to be smart because I am not as athletic as the other (point) guards in the team, or in theleague,” Ravena said. “I use that to offset some of my deficiencies, like being slower than the other guards.”While in college, the so called experts have declared that Ravena would be a “project” when he makes the jump to the PBA – being smaller and less athletic than the other swingmen who are dominating the league at the moment.If the 6-footer from Iloilo wasn’t as hot a prospect before, his performances for Gilas here has certainlychanged all that.And turning pro – which everyone knew to be inevitable – is like coming home for Kiefer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments “I’m very comfortable playing the point,” Ravena said after his fourth game. “It’s a spot I used to play in high school. I even came to college as a point guard.”Though his glorious collegiate career happened just a couple of years back, Ravena talked about it as if it were a lifetime ago because circumstances surrounding his conversion into a shooting guard has made him the hottest amateur of his time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And he has Norman Black to thank for it.“I remember my first game, it was against Adamson,” Ravena recounted. “I was excited, all pumped up and I was a point guard. I was Eman Monfort’s chief reliever and I knew I was going to play a lot even if I was a rookie.” IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Kiefer Ravena has gone back to his roots and has gotten the chance to prepare for his pro career in the process.Playing point guard for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup Invitational here, Ravena has easily handled the transition back to his boyhood spot, which he abandoned when he tore the opposition while leading Ateneo to glory in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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