FEU to bank on young guns in men's basketball title defense
Mark Escarlote on Dec 08, 2015 05:48 PM
Far Eastern University will practically parade a new team in their UAAP men's basketball title defense next year.
With the departure of their veteran core that ended Far Eastern University’s decade-old title drought, the Tamaraws management are looking at their youngbloods to carry the team in Season 79.
The newly-crowned UAAP men’s basketball champion will defend their crown next year without six key players.
The team will parade new faces next year including a transferee who suited for Adamson last year.
Finals MVP Mac Belo, court general Mike Tolomia, Russel Escoto, Roger Pogoy, Alfrancis Tamsi, and Achie Inigo won’t be around for another tour of duty.
“It will be hard, halos first five yung mawawala diyan,” FEU athletic director Mark Molina said Tuesday in his appearance in the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“The main core of the team that went to the finals the last two years medyo mauubos.”
Despite the heavy personnel void, Molina believes that the Tamaraws will remain competitive under the system of fourth-year coach Nash Racela.
“Coach Nash has a system that is not dependent on one player kasi,” said Molina, who was joined by players Raymar Jose, Monbert Arong and Richard Escoto. “We had a lot of ball movement and we used our bench extensively.
Former Adamson points guard Axel Inigo, brother of Achie, will wear the yellow and green uniform after sitting out this year’s competition as part of his residency.
The Morayta-based school will elevate several Team B members including a couple of Fil-foreign recruits from New Zealand who are already in the country.
“They will start practicing by January na,” said the FEU official of the squad’s recruits, adding that, “We have a talented group of players in our Team B.”