Gilas Pilipinas and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao shared that Kiefer’s key performance in Japan B.League could impede the latter's return to represent the Philippines and play in local competitions.

/ 18 October 2021

Since the B.League started, Ravena and his team Lakestars have been into five games in which the NLEX star player delivered an average of 2.2 points (4th in the team) and second in terms of assists with 5.4, while playing almost close to 30 minutes per outing.

In an interview with the Power & Play program hosted by former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala, coach Guaio shared that he was not surprised by Kiefer’s performance for he was in good shape.

“Kiefer has been consistently playing for us before he left. He was in excellent shape. Ang ganda ng kundisyon niya bago siya umalis,” Guiao said.

Coach Guiao said that the familiarity of former Ateneo baller Kiefer was built upon his experiences and training overseas.

Alam naman natin Kiefer is an experienced baller internationally. Kasama ko siya sa World Cup, kasama namin siya one year before that, nag-training kami sa Spain, sa Europe, sa iba’t ibang windows ng World Cup. So it did not surprise me that he would do well in Japan kasi kabisado niya naman yung laro,” said the multi-titled coach.

“And because of his talent, he can easily adjust to any situations.”

With all of Ravena’s contribution to the Japan B.League and his continuous journey of making a name internationally, Guiao was quite nervous that Kiefer might extend in Japan.

Kinakabahan ako, baka matagalan bago makabalik si Kiefer. Yun ang nakaka-nerbiyos,” a smiling Guiao said.

As per the agreement, Kiefer has one year only to play for Japan and will have to sign a fresh contract with NLEX upon his return, and if not, he will be sanctioned by the league.

Despite what’s agreed and signed upon between Kiefer and NLEX, Guiao still had doubts and fears.

“Committed siyang bumalik, pero ang tanong kailan?” said Guiao

 “Yun ang problema, baka matagal.”