Racela on DLSU-FEU flare-up: ‘We won’t back down’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 05, 2016 09:10 PM
STANDING TALL. Nash Racela and FEU don't want DLSU to feel confident going into this season.
Far Eastern University stressed that they did nothing wrong against De La Salle University in the cancelled tune-up game, which was just in the third quarter last Thursday.
“I just wanted to protect my players para ‘di na magkasakitan. Nagkakatirahan na e,” coach Nash Racela expressed.
According to spectators inside the San Juan Arena, the Green Archers and the Tamaraws didn’t seem to be in a tune-up game. Instead, physical play ruled the day with several players, particularly Cameroonian student-athlete Ben Mbala, complaining about extra-curricular activities by their opponents.
Things got even testier in second half when DLSU players began throwing the ball in the vicinity of where Racela was standing. After a few times when the ball hit the head coach, assistant coach Eric Gonzales was said to have rushed towards new DLSU coach Aldin Ayo and the two exchanged words.
Near the end of the third quarter, the Tamaraws were slapped with three flagrant fouls close to each other. During the free throws of the last flagrant foul was when the two teams decided to call off the matchup with the Green Archers way ahead, 92-75.
Narrating their side of the story, Racela said, “Tabla yung game at halftime tapos 9:44 pa lang ng third, penalty na kami. That was when I decided to pull my starters out and put in the players at the end of the bench.”
He then continued, talking about when his players got too up close and personal with their opponents, “Doon na rin nag-agree yung (two teams) to end the game. Ang akin naman, I told my players na wag na ring patulan.”
Asked about the intensity they played with against DLSU, the FEU mentor simply said, “We don’t want La Salle to feel confident going into this season. We wanted to show that we won’t back down.”
For his part, DLSU’s Ayo said they weren’t the cause of the cancellation.
The Tamaraws will be commencing their title defense in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Season coming in a month’s time. Coming hard at them are the Archers who boast of a fully-loaded lineup and a coach coming off a championship campaign in the NCAA.
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