Kiefer Ravena will not be playing for Gilas Pilipinas as they take part in the fifth window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers later this week. The competition is set to take place in the Philippines.
After undergoing an unexpected dental treatment not too long ago, the Shiga Lakestars reinforcement requested to be excused from his responsibilities with the Japanese national men’s basketball team for the forthcoming timeframe.
According to reports, Ravena, who was 29 years old at the time, suffered from acute discomfort and fever as a result of an infected impacted third molar in her right mandibular. It typically takes between three and five days for patients to recover fully after surgery.
In addition to June Mar Fajardo (recovery from throat surgery), Chris Newsome (calf), and Carl Tamayo, the former Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles standout was the fourth member of Vincent “Chot” Reyes’ pool to beg off due to injury (ankle).
After withdrawing NorthPort Batang Pier’s Arvin Tolentino, William Navarro, and Francis “Lebron” Lopez from the Gilas Pilipinas pool of players for the upcoming season, Reyes has already reduced the pool to only 13 players.
Both naturalized center Angelo Kouame of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and another UAAP player Kevin Quiambao of the De La Salle University Green Archers were selected to play for Gilas Pilipinas. Both players hail from their respective universities’ basketball teams.
In addition, overseas-based Filipino basketball players like Thirdy Ravena (San-En NeoPhoenix), Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (Nagoya), and Dwight Ramos were included on the roster. Kai Sotto, who plays for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia, was one of the overseas-based players (Hokkaido).
PBA superstars Earl Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar, and Jamie Malonzo of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings; Roger Pogoy, Calvin Oftana, and John Paul Erram of the TNT Tropang Giga; and Jaymar Perez of the San Miguel Beermen are among those who were invited to participate in the pool.
At this point in the competition, the men’s national basketball team is tied for third place in Pool E with a record of 3-3. They have won two of their six games, against India and Saudi Arabia, but they have lost three of their six games, to New Zealand twice and to Lebanon.
Gilas Pilipinas is scheduled to play Jordan (3-3) on November 11 at 12 midnight local time in Amman, followed by a match against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1-5) on November 14 at 12 midnight local time at their home stadium.
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