MANILA, Philippines – For two consecutive PBA seasons, Kiefer Ravena had to play without an audience as the competition was limited to hosting bubble conferences only during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That was not the case in the B.League where Ravena currently plays as an Asian importer for the Shiga Lakestars.
Unlike in the PBA, fans are already allowed inside play locations in the B.League and Ravena made sure they enjoyed playing in front of a rowdy crowd.
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— Shiga Lakestars[SHIGA LAKESTARS](@shigalakestars) October 5, 2021
“It’s really fun to play in front of a lot of people,” Ravena said on Sunday after playing back-to-back games at home against his younger brother Thirdy and the San-En NeoPhoenix.
Ravena, who plays for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, impressed in his first two games to date.
He had 11 points and eight assists and was instrumental in Shiga’s 22-point comeback to beat San-En on Saturday before putting in 20 points and seven assists in a losing effort the next day, where about 1,600 fans showed up.
‘We’re not so lucky at home. We are already playing two conferences in a bubble”, says Ravena.
“It’s just wonderful to feel the support from the fans and the support of the Shiga Lakestars family here.”
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