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Family First! SBP explains non-inclusion of Ravena, Perez


The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) decided not invite pro players like NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena and Terrafirma star CJ Perez for now in the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup second window qualifiers.

According to SBP President Al Panlilio, he understands that thes players played inside the bubble for six weeks, and he is aware that it will take a toll on them physically and mentally.

“We take into consideration what the PBA players went through. They were apart from their families for at least six weeks and had to go through a grueling schedule,” Panlilio said despite the fact that both NLEX and Terrafirma were ousted early in the elimination games.

Still, Panlilio appreciates Ravena and Perez’s interests in suiting up for Team Pilipinas once again.

However, it is important for Panlilio to think long-term first.

We know some of them are willing to play for flag and country and we appreciate them reaching out to us,” said Panlilio.

“But it’s important that they give themselves time to recover physically and mentally.”