Dennison says FEU at 70 percent in adjusting to coach Olsen
SAME, BUT DIFFERENT. Ron Dennison was quick to admit that FEU was still learning to adapt to new head coach Olsen Racela.
For the first time in a major tournament, Olsen Racela was calling for the shots for Far Eastern University on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Tamaraws battled PBA D-League newcomer Flying V in what was billed as a tuneup match in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
At the end of it all, the Thunder spoiled Racela’s debut with a 78-68 win.
Last December, Olsen took the place of younger brother Nash as FEU head coach.
Post-game, FEU’s new head coach was smiling. However, he declined interviews as he had to rush to the Araneta Coliseum to fulfill his commitment for Ginebra where he serves as an assistant coach.
As it turns out, Racela indeed took the defeat in stride. “Sa ngayon naman kasi, wala namang pressure sa amin. Gusto lang ni coach, magawa namin yung mga pinapagawa niya,” Ron Dennison shared.
Dennison, the longest-tenured Tamaraw, then went on to say they – coaches and players alike – are well aware that they are still in the process of grasping what their new head coach wants. “Mga 70 percent na naming nakukuha yung gusto niya. Siyempre, may nagbago naman talaga kasi iba yung pagpapatakbo ni coach Nash at coach Olsen,” he said.
He then continued, “Pero ngayon, naa-adapt na rin naman namin.”
That is exactly why Dennison and his teammates remained upbeat that they will have a better showing the next time they take the court. “Okay na naman yung takbo namin e. Naging problema lang ngayon, yung turnovers,” he said.
Without a doubt, the 28 turnovers the Tamaraws committed would be a point of emphasis in Racela’s next practice.
Then, FEU will try to right the ship just in time for their first official preseason game against College of St. Benilde on May 17.
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