Racela glad underrated FEU ‘up to the challenge’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2016 05:06 PM
UNDER THE RADAR. FEU have, without much fanfare, established themselves as solo second in the standings.
Just in case you forgot, Far Eastern University is the defending champion in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Yes, De La Salle University has done nothing but prove themselves as the title favorites this year, but the Tamaraws are still the champions until they lose their crown, if at all.
In case you forgot, you wouldn’t be alone because as it turns out, there were some over at Morayta who also disregarded the age-old adage that goes, “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” As head coach Nash Racela shared, “To tell you honestly, even some people from our camp, hindi rin kami tinitignan na magko-contend this year.”
Racela’s wards have done nothing but to prove those people wrong – after the first round, at least. At 5-2, they stand solo second and are more than ready and raring to once again give the Green Archers their best shot.
FEU doesn’t have two of the three statistical league-leaders like DLSU does. Their most productive player is criminally unheralded Raymar Jose who is quietly compiling 10.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.
What the Tamaraws also have is deep and balanced lineup that can count on contributions from Monbert Arong to Axel Inigo. Nothing but appreciative of what his boys have shown, Racela expressed, “That’s why I’m happy for the players because they were up to the challenge. Believer ako sa mga pinapakita ng mga players ko”
He then continued, “And that’s all the more reason to work double hard para ma-achieve namin ang goal namin.”
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