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Ricci Rivero elated to train with Kiefer Ravena, Gilas

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After weeks of waiting for his clearance from the De La Salle University, Ricci Rivero was finally able to get his feet wet with Gilas Pilipinas, Monday evening.

Despite all the controversy surrounding him, the 19-year-old stalwart was relieved that he could finally return to his haven and just play.

“So far, okay naman kasi parang welcome naman (ako), and at the same time, at least now may nalalaruan ako na medyo competitive.

“Sobrang fulfilled nga kasi siympere sino ba ayaw maglaro para sa country. And na-feel ko talaga na welcomed ako, sa mga coaches and players,” the 6-foot-1 wing.

During the night’s short session, the 2023 cadets were split with the seniors team bound for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Prior to that, Rivero had a chance to mingle with PBA pros, including Kiefer Ravena. And in true Kiefer fashion, he made sure to throw a few quips at the La Sallian.

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Still, Rivero could not help but be a fan for one night, as he was able to share the court with the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player.

“Ever since talaga. Before ako mag-transfer [from UE], nung high school pa lang si Kiefer idol ko na siya,” shared last season’s Most Improved Player.

“Parang one step ahead siya palagi doon sa ibang players.”

In the upcoming weeks, Rivero plans to pick the brains of Ravena and the rest of his seniors and extract all the learning he can get.

“As of now I will continue training with the team, kasi pumayag yung La Salle na… sabi nila, for now you can practice with them first while you’re not training with the team.”

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