All of a sudden, Far Eastern University is struggling – losing all of its last three games.
The most recent one of which is a heartbreak at the hands of De La Salle University who battled back from trailing for majority of the matchup.
With the come-from-behind win, the title favorites swept the defending champions in the elimination round. The latter also now find themselves out of the top two.
And yet, coach Nash Racela said he could not ask for more from how his boys played. “I can’t be frustrated with the kind of game we played today,” he said.
He also added, “We only lost it in the last minute and a half, I think.”
Indeed, the Tamaraws were following the gameplan to perfection and were forcing their opponents into playing their game. It took a broken play and then gutsy rookie Aljun Melecio to finally turn the tides for the Green Archers.
Team captain Raymar Jose could only agree that the game still proved they can take on DLSU. As he put it, “Sabi nga ni coach, 38 minutes lamang kami tapos last two minutes na lang kami nagkamali. Nagkulang lang sa execution talaga.”
Suffering an untimely losing streak just as now solo second Ateneo de Manila University keeps rising, Racela said that twice-to-beat advantage or not, they will come into the Final Four more confident. “It was never in my mind, getting the twice-to-beat advantage. If it comes, it comes,” he said.
He then continued, “Ang importante is we’re in the Final Four and basing on how we played today, we know that we could compete and beat the other team.”
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