NLEX Road Warriors star Kiefer Ravena left for Japan Wednesday, Aug. 25 to process necessary requirements needed for his B.League stint with the Shiga Lakestars.
Team official Ronald Dulatre confirmed Ravena’s departure but stressed that the Road Warriors guard will return to complete his stint in the Philippine Cup once all requirements set by the B.League are completed.
The Japanese government set a deadline for B.League imports to complete all documents, thus the need for Ravena to make a quick stop to the Land of the Rising Sun.
“He will fly to Japan to process his visa/immigration and other B.League requirements since the Japan government set a deadline for entry of all the imports,” Dulatre said. “After completing all the requirements, he will go back here to play the remaining games of NLEX.”
Dulatre, however, gave no timetable as to when Ravena will return and suit up for NLEX due to quarantine protocols for arriving passengers.
The PBA is also on target to restart the Philippine Cup in Bacolor, Pampanga in early-September which could shorten Ravena’s Road Warriors campaign.
Ravena was allowed by the PBA last month to push through with his Japan stint on the condition that he plays for NLEX until the end of the Philippine Cup.
“(There’s) no definite date because of the quarantine protocols. But we expect him to be back once done with his B League requirements,” Dulatre said.
Ravena averaged 15.8 points on 40-percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals through four games of the Philippine Cup which saw NLEX go 2-2.
The B.League opens its 2021-22 season on Oct. 2 with the Lakestars facing Thirdy Ravena and the San-En NeoPhoenix in a two-game set.