UAAP Season 82 Preview: Why FEU is the Perennial Dark Horse
Key Holdovers: Wendell Comboy, Hubert Cani, Barkley Ebona, L-Jay Gonzales, Alec Stockton, and Ken Tuffin
Key Addition: Travis Mantua, Emman Ojuola/Patrick Tchuente, and Xyrus Torres
Key Losses: Richard Escoto, Axel Inigo, Jasper Parker, Prince Orizu, and Arvin Tolentino
No hype for FEU Tamaraws? No problem.
Despite their six straight appearances in Final Four (including a runner-up and championship finish in 2014 and 2015), FEU has yet to make some noise this Season 82.
This time, however, the Morayta-based squad will not only give other seven teams a huge headache, but they will also gun for the championship.
In Guards We Trust
FEU has a guard-loaded team with different types of skills, yet still complement each other on both ends.
The backcourt duo of Hubert Cani and Wendell Comboy has made huge strides to their respective games last season, and they are expected to provide the same impact this Season 82 on the offensive end.
Meanwhile, Alex Stockton has embraced his role as a gritty and physical defender while L-Jay Gonzales continues to show his potential as a do-it-all guard, and that is exactly what the Tamaraw needs to maintain their edge among other seven teams.
We Not Me
The FEU Tamaraws is basically the collegiate version of the Alaska Aces.
Not unless one of the players are given the helm to carry the load on offense, FEU will most likely rely on balance distribution of scoring and tough defense.
Besides, most teams would know that they cannot sleep Cani, Comboy, and Kenneth Tuffin in the perimeter, while Barkley Ebona has become a force inside the paint.
Consistency is the Key
As mentioned, FEU has already appeared in the Final Four stage in six consecutive seasons.
Despite its ever-changing core, the Tamaraws has provided consistent program for their players, and their success has made the team one of the prime destinations for blue-chip talents.
It’s only a matter of time before Coach Olsen and the rest of his staffs could put all the pieces together for them to win the coveted trophy in UAAP.