Far Eastern University (FEU) had their worst season start since the Final Four era of the UAAP, but two hard-earned wins have given them a lot of confidence as they head into the second round.
The Tamaraws beat both UST and NU in their last two games of the first round. They beat the Growling Tigers easily (75–60) for their first win, and then they had to work hard to beat the Bulldogs (47–44) for their second win.
“Making confidence-booster it,” FEU coach Olsen Racela said after they finished the season’s first half with 2-5 wins and five losses.
Racela stated, “When the team wins, it’s easier to keep them going.”Considering that we lacked motivation during that losing streak, we were in a funk.However, they were aware that we could win.
“After our first three losses, I told them that they would win as long as they played like that. Sasabihin ko pa rin ‘yun. Ganun pa rin ako. As a coach, I want them to work hard enough to give us a chance in the endgame, “he added.
Tamaraws are 7th in the league among the other universities.
The Tamaraws are seventh in the league, but they are only one game ahead of Adamson University, University of the East, and De La Salle University in the race for the Final Four.
Based on OKBET, Racela thinks that as things stand, they now possess a “fighting chance” of reaching the Final 4 for the ninth time in a row. Their win over NU was significant because the Bulldogs had won their last four games and tried to join the University of the Philippines at the top.
Instead, the Tamaraws pulled off an upset that saved their season and dealt NU a hard blow to end the first round.
“With just one win, anything can happen,” said Racela. “‘Yun ‘yung sinabi ko sa kanila. I know we’re poor, but I think this will give us the confidence and chance we need.”
Racela expects his team to keep winning.
Racela is counting on his team to keep winning when they face the University of the East at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. The beginning of the second round of their season. He thinks they are now winning. But he knows the Tamaraws need to play better as a team if they want to keep winning.
He said, “I think we’ve been playing well, especially on defense. But more important is the belief that we can now compete with our current lineup. “Everyone needs to be sure of themselves. And help each other out.
“Kailangan namin ng total team effort, ‘di lang Ljay [Gonzales], ‘di lang Xyrus [Torres], ‘di lang Bryan Sajonia, ‘di lang Cholo [Añonuevo]. Kailangan lahat talaga mag-contribute, “He emphasized.
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