Olsen Racela sees a lot of Danny I in Dave Ildefonso

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 19, 2018 04:13 PM
Olsen Racela sees a lot of Danny I in Dave Ildefonso
Ninong Olsen Racela was the head coach for inaanak Dave Ildefonso and Team Punks in the 2018 SLAM Rising Stars

Ildefonso and Racela were together again in the 2018 SLAM Rising Stars.

The circumstances were different, however, last Sunday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

Olsen Racela now called the shots from the sidelines while instead of Danny, it was Dave Ildefonso on the floor.

It was just like the good old times, though, as Racela called out a play that led to Ildefonso’s miracle shot forcing overtime.

There, Racela, Ildefonso, and Team Punks pulled away from Team Hype for an eight-point win.

For the younger Ildefonso, who had just experienced winning a UAAP Juniors championship with Ateneo de Manila High School, playing for his godfather was something special. “Si coach Olsen, ninong ko yun e. I saw him play with tatay and alam naman natin na he’s really a smart player and good guy on and off the court,” he said.

He then continued, “Ngayon, getting a chance to be able to play (for) him, parang full circle na rin ang nangyari.”

Olsen Racela and Danny Ildefonso were together for around a dozen years and won several titles for San Miguel.

And for Racela, Danny’s second son is as talented a player as he has seen coming out of high school. “Grabe yung skill level ni Dave. He can play multiple and he has the right mindset,” he said.

He then continued, “Napakaganda ng future ni Dave.”

Of course, “Rah-Rah" Racela knows full well that much of that has to do with his good friend who just so happened to be a back-to-back MVP. “Grabe rin kasi magsumikap yan just like his dad. Kaya rin alam kong maganda yung future ni Dave.”

With the exhibition game now over and done with, though, Racela goes back to head coaching duties for Far Eastern University while Ildefonso now turns his attention to his first year suiting up for National University.

And when their first meeting comes, Dave will be nothing but excited for matching up with ninong Olsen. “I’m definitely looking forward to battling him and his team,” he remarked.


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