Thirdy Ravena off to Japan for BLeague stint
MANILA, Philippines—After a brief delay, Thirdy Ravena is set to begin his journey in the Japanese B.League, leaving for Tokyo on Thursday.
Ravena, who made history by being the first Asian import in the Japanese league, has already missed a couple of games for the San-en NeoPhoenix.
He is expected to go or a considerable amount of time while playing overseas, and with the Ravena siblings a tight bunch, oldest brother Kiefer and youngest sister Dani couldn’t help but get emotional.
Kiefer and Dani both took to Instagram to send off their brother.
“S/o to the lil bro making big waves overseas. Sad we won’t be there to send you off but definitely excited for your new journey! Gotta show ‘em what we’re made of,” posted Kiefer who’s holed up in Clark for the PBA bubble. “We’re going to miss you and believe that we will support you in all of your games.”
Dani, who is the last of the siblings to still play in college with the Ateneo Lady Eagles, wished her brother the best despite being her constant playful bully in the household—as any older sibling is.
“To my #1 enemy and cause of stress, good luck in Japan,” posted Dani. “Continue chasing your dreams big bro! I will still be ur annoying sister from afar.”
Thirdy, who is part of the Gilas program, decided to forego the PBA Draft in favor of an international career in Japan in a move that’s somewhat similar to what his older brother did before.
Kiefer, who won two titles and two MVPs in the UAAP, signed for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League after playing for Ateneo.
“We’re going to miss you and believe that we will support you in all of your games. Praying for a safe and fun trip for you!” posted Kiefer. “Keep it locked in!! We’re just one phone call away if you need anything! Stay strong physical and mentally but most importantly stay strong in your faith in Him.”