Kiefer ‘not surprised’ Thirdy made 23-for-23 list: He really worked for it

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena was the least surprised that his brother Thirdy made the cut in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list.After all, he saw first hand how hard the UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP worked to get to the level where he is in right now.ADVERTISEMENT “Honestly, I wasn’t surprised. It’s something that each and every one of them deserve, and being part of the ’23-for-23’ is something he (Thirdy) really worked for in the last couple of years,” Kiefer said.“It just goes to show that if you work hard, the Lord will be there because He knows how hard you’ve worked for it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHowever, Thirdy’s inclusion to the pool doesn’t guarantee anything. That’s always been the case ever since, even to the current Gilas Pilipinas pool where every player is fighting for a spot in the final lineup.That’s why Kiefer echoed Reyes in encouraging his younger brother to keep working. “You’re in the pool, so it’s either you make yourself into the lineup or out of the pool. You have to control what you can control and that is how you play and how consistently you’ll be in practice.”Though Kiefer didn’t really give his brother any advice, he said that Thirdy has perfectly understood his situation in Gilas as one part of the young bloods.“At the start, it’s always jittery, seeing your idols and playing against them, playing with them, and learning the system, but it’s something that you should be proud of yourself,” he said. “You’re here for a reason. The coaches picked you for a reason. And it’s up to you how you maximize your time in this program.”The older Ravena, though, couldn’t avoid thinking about the prospects of teaming up with his brother once again.READ: Kiefer looks forward to possibility of playing with Thirdy at GilasADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson PH women’s football eyes bigger goals in 2018 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “Basketball is a very small world. You’ll never know who’ll your encounter in your professional career once again,” said NLEX’s prized rookie in the PBA.“Just being in the pool and just being in the same vicinity with Thirdy, it’s really kind of still new to me. Hopefully, in the long run, may be it in 2023 when we’ll become teammates, it’s fine. I’m sure it’s gonna be worth the wait for me and my parents.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more