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Kiefer Ravena signs deal to play for Shiga Lakestars in Japan B.League

Two Ravenas are now in the Japan B.League.

This after NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena inked a deal with Shiga Lakestars and will now join his brother Thirdy, who recently re-signed with the San-en Neo-Phoenix in the prestigious Japanese league.

The team announced the development on Wednesday and said that the 27-year-old Ravena will be playing under the Asian Player Quota rule.



"We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a new player for the 2021-22 Season with Kiefer Ravena. Ravena will be registered as the Asian Player Quotas," the team said in a statement.

This could mean that the 6-foot Ravena might be unlikely to suit up for the NLEX Road Warriors come the PBA Season 46 either in late June or early July, though he does have an active contract with the team.

Ravena was drafted 2nd overall by the Road Warriors in the 2017 PBA Draft. He has played three seasons with the team, averaging 19.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in the most recent conference.

Prior to his PBA career, he was a two-time MVP and two-time champion for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP.

Ravena has also suited up for the GIlas Pilipinas national team multiple times.

Kiefer will also emerge as the second Filipino basketball player to play as an import in the league with his younger brother Thirdy blazing the trail.

"Please look forward to Ravena's success in B.LEAGUE Japan, as well as being a connection bridge between Shiga Prefecture, Japan and Philippines," the statement added.

The Lakestars finished with a 23-36 record in the B.League standings this season.

Thirdy, meanwhile, just wrapped up an exhausting maiden season with the NeoPhoenix with a 12-47 win-loss card.

—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA News