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Ravena, Teng lead Mighty 5 in Dubai

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KIEFER Ravena and Jeron Teng, former star players of Ateneo and La Salle, respectively, reunite eight years after playing together in the Philippine Under-16 team as they spearhead Mighty Sports’ campaign in the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.

Teng, who capped a glittering collegiate career after leading the Archers to the UAAP championship via a two-game sweep of the  Ateneo Eagles last year, is already looking forward to a memorable partnership with his long-time buddy.

“I’m sure Kiefer is also happy that we’re going to play for one team this time and we thank the management of Mighty Sports for this opportunity,” said the ex-Xavier School standout, who debuted for AMA team in the PBA D-League in style by dropping 42 points.

The high-leaping Ravena is currently training with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, determined to toughen up for his expected entry in the PBA next season.

While Ravena and Teng have yet to practice with the team, Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu believes the challenge to play in one of the toughest tournaments in Asia will bring out the very best from the two future PBA stars.

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“The level of competition is very strong because we’ll be facing the top club teams of Asia and Africa. But I’m confident the two will not back down from the challenge,” said the younger brother of Rain or Shine star guard Chris Tiu.

Tiu, however, is battling against time to complete the team for the Feb. 18-25 event although they have already secured the services of former Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and NBA D-League veteran Hasheem Thabeet.

The Dubai cagefest will be Mighty Sports’ third international competition after a grand sweep of the Jones Cup and a runner-up finish in the Singapore Invitational last year.

Also cinch to make it to the team are former two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, TY Tang and naturalized Marcus Douthit.

Tiu is hoping to complete the lineup by next week so they can prepare for what could be a hard grind ahead.

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