Racela says DLSU got a taste of ‘FEU’s version of mayhem’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2016 07:59 PM
THAT'S WHAT I LIKE. Defending champion FEU gave a good scare to title favorite DLSU.
The most-anticipated matchup in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament ended as expected – with title favorite De La Salle University getting the better of defending champion Far Eastern University.
The final score read 83-78 and the Green Archers dominated for 90 percent of the most-anticipated matchup.
And yet, losing coach Nash Racela said he was satisfied with his Tamaraws. As he put it, “I was really surprised. They (FEU) exceeded my expectations.”
He then continued, “What it gives us is the belief that we can still compete this season.”
The champion coach then went on to mention how his boys, the undoubted underdogs, clawed their way out of a 16-point hole and went on a 28-12 stampede that tied the tally inside the last five minutes.
Jeron Teng eventually came to the rescue of DLSU, but not before FEU gave them a good scare. “The fact that we were able to compete against La Salle (surprised me the most),” Racela expressed.
In particular, one statistic jumped out in the view of the mentor of the Tamaraws. “People have been talking a lot about their ‘mayhem,’ but when you look at the stats, they had 27 (turnovers) and we only had 17 (turnovers),” he said.
Indeed, Aldin Ayo’s highly-touted pressure-packing defense was unable, for the most part, to unnerve the defending champions and DLSU’s advantage in turnover points was just five, 24-19.
As per the numbers, it was actually FEU who put on the pressure on their opponents, forcing six errors each from Ben Mbala and Thomas Torres, five from Kib Montalbo, and four from Jeron Teng. “They were able to see FEU’s version of ‘mayhem,’” Racela expressed.
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