Kiefer Ravena is likely to take over the spot to be vacated by the injured Jayson Castro in the Gilas Pilipinas 15-man pool as the cagers prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball competition.
Pending approval from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the organizing committee, Ravena will be given an opportunity to return to the national team program since coming back from suspension after acquiring banned substance prohibited by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
Ravena has returned in tip-top condition and has spearheaded the NLEX Road Warriors’ surge in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.
Tim Cone, head coach of the national team competing in the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11, confirmed the news to FOX Sports Philippines.
“We’re looking to add Kiefer Ravena. But we’re still awaiting the approval from the SBP,” wrote Cone in a text message.
Castro injured his ankle and Dr. Raul Canlas informed Cone that the veteran cager would need a month of recovery from his ankle injury.
“I hate to think that Jayson got injured,” Cone told a group of sportswriters during Gilas Pilipinas’ previous workout. “Because we’re doing extra step here in Gilas. I don’t believe so, but at the back of your mind you always feel that.”
“Jayson is such a huge blow. I don’t know how he’ll gonna recover form here. Obviously, we have to move on. That was a huge blow. When I talked to Dr. Canlas on the phone and he told me optimistically, Jayson will be ready to start back in practice in one month. That’s optimistic. In the meantime, he’ll need complete rest until that time. That’s coming back to practice and not getting back in shape or doing some extra rehab or being in rhythm, so he said between five to six weeks would be his time and that’s basically, as it turns out too late for us. Sayang. But we hope him the best. I’m sure he’ll be at the games.”