Kiefer Ravena announces retirement from SEAG competition

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Kiefer Ravena has played his last basketball match in the Southeast Asian Games.

The 28-year old son of former PBA player Ferdinand ‘Bong’ Ravena announced his retirement from the biennial regional meet via post on his Instagram account.

“That’s it for me! Hanging these bad boys up for my last SEA Games! Been my absolute pleasure playing for [the Philippines],” wrote Ravena.

He had a golden opportunity to cap off his SEAG career with 6 gold medal finishes but Gilas stumbled in its final game against Indonesia to settle for silver.

Ravena’s first gold in the SEAG came in 2011 when he was just 18 years old. Then came Naypyidaw in 2013, Singapore in 2015, Kuala Lumpur in 2017, and Manila in 2019.

The NLEX Road Warriors guard wasn’t actually part of the original roster that was assembled to compete in Hanoi but pullouts from several key players forced the hand of the national team coaching staff to tap his services anew.

In 5 games with Gilas, Ravena submitted averages of 6.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals.

Despite the bitter ending, Ravena will still go down as the Filipino with the most basketball gold medals at five.

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