Playing against Thirdy brings Kiefer back to their younger days

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MANILA, Philippines – It’s all brotherly love between Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena after they split their first two games in the 2021-22 B.League season.

Kiefer said playing against his brother in the B.League is reminiscent of their younger days when they played barefoot in their backyard.

However, this time they are playing in one of the most important basketball leagues in Asia.

“It takes us back to our younger days when we used to play in the backyard of our home court, without shoes on and just enjoying basketball, and now we’re in one of the highest leagues in the world, with our talents, our family. represent the Filipino talents and also represent the Filipino people,” said Kiefer, who plays for Shiga.

Thirdy defeated his older brother in their 101-196 rematch on the Lakestars home floor of the Ukaruchan Arena.

Kiefer and Shiga won their first meeting, 93-83, in a game in which the Lakestars rose from 22 points behind.

Thirdy, who is in his second season in the B.League, said his second season in Japan will be his redemption tour after struggling with San-En in his freshman year.

While battling COVID-19 and a finger injury, Thirdy averaged 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his first year in Japan.

So far, Thirdy has stepped up in his first two games while taking on a bigger role, averaging 16 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32 minutes per game.

“I felt like I wasn’t that helpful last season because of all the injuries and COVID and all that,” said Thirdy. “Personally, I will do everything I can to win and help my teammates. It doesn’t matter if it’s scoring or passing the ball, whatever role they give me, I really just want to help them.”

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