PH Pro League Allows Kiefer Ravena To Play in Japan B League

Kiefer Ravena allowed to play in B League

In a surprising discussion and agreement from the board of the Philippine Basketball Association, they decided to support Kiefer Ravena’s desire to play overseas. 
The Filipino cager is headed for Shiga in the Japan B. League.

PBA grants Ravena's request

It can be remembered that Ravena was already set to play for the Japanese league since June 2021. The request to take a sabbatical was initially denied by the PBA as he still has commitments with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA.

The former Ateneo Blue Eagles star was eventually allowed to play for one season and sign for the Japanese League - the Shiga Lakestars.

Lengthy discussions

“This agreement was reached following discussions with the PBA Board, Commissioner Willie Marcial, NLEX Road Warriors management, and Kiefer’s camp,” said NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre.

 It was revealed by PBA Board of Governors and commissioner Willie Marcial that Ravena can now play for the B. League Shiga Lakestars in Japan after the Philippine Cup.

Kiefer Ravena promised to return to the Philippine Basketball Association at the end of his one-year gig with the Shiga Lakestars, after securing permission to play in Japan's B.League.

Compromise set in place

He also apologized to the fans as well as PBA Board of Governors and commissioner Willie Marcial for the “controversy and distraction”. 

NLEX assistant vice president Ronald Dulatre understands Ravena’s dreams to continuously become a better player and showcase the Filipino Basketball brand by playing internationally.

A close review of his contract was done before ultimately making the decision of letting him play for one season in Japan for the Shiga Lakestars.