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‘Play like we’re trailing’ as FEU coach Olsen Racela urges the team to be consistent


Once again the FEU Tamaraws suffered a season-sweep against NU Bulldogs.

However, the second encounter wasn’t a total beatdown for the Tams anymore — in fact, they came close in exacting revenge against the team that gave them a whooping 39-61 defeat in the first round.

Regardless, FEU still suffered a 79-85 setback in the overtime.

“We had our chance. Yun lang naman ang sinasabi ko sa kanila na ‘you always have to give yourselves a chance in the end game’. And we had it, but we blew it,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela.

“To begin with, dapat hindi na tayo naghahabol. If we played the whole game that way, mas maganda sana yung resulta.”

The green and gold squad were trailing by 13 points to begin the final frame of the game, when thet suddenly turned up their defense by limiting NU to just nine points.

This FEU late rally would stretch the game into the extra period — but Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente would shoot their way to victory for NU, while also ending their two-game winning streak.

“Naunahan kami. We were not as active and aggressive defensively (speaking). Noong overtime, para passive kami diba yung three-points ni Dave Ildefonso at (John Lloyd) Clemente to start,” Racela explained.

“Iba talaga kasi kapag naghahabol ka, parang iba yung sense of urgency. We just have to learn from this and do it the harder way. Sayang yung panalo namin sa UP because of this loss.”

The FEU would drop their record at 5-5, but Coach O may have thought of a solution on how to survive from a cliff-hanging game this Season 82.

“It’s a matter of making the right decisions sa end game. That’s why we practice every game, so that matutunan din nila yung right decisions,” Racela said.

“Ang pwede naman namin gawin is to play as if naghahabol kami, and then good things will happen.”