Racela feels refs robbed Tams of a chance against Ateneo
Paul Lintag on Nov 09, 2016 06:45 PM
"I think the referees took out our aggressiveness, while allowing the other team to be aggressive." --- Nash Racela.
After suffering back-to-back games for the first time this season, defending champion Far Eastern University finds itself fighting hard just to maintain its standing as the number 2 team in the regular season.
Dominated by Ateneo in the first half Wednesday, Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela didn't hide his disappointment with officiating, saying that the referees took the "FEU brand of play" out of the equation in the opening 20 minutes.
"I think the referees took out our aggressiveness, while allowing the other team to be aggressive," Racela said talking about his team's first half defense.
Up against a motivated Ateneo side, FEU allowed seven treys in the first half and fell behind by 18, 28-46, at the break.
FEU did make a run in the second half, much to the liking of Racela, but coach Nash feels his wards were denied of a chance in the game's early goings.
"I'd like to focus on the second half, because that the FEU brand of basketball na we're the ones attacking on both ends," Racela said.
"That's something that they [referees] took away from us in the first half. We were trying to be aggressive in the first half but they didn't allow us," he added.
As it stands, the Tamaraws are now tied with the Blue Eagles for second place with identical 8-4 records and the defending champions are in danger of missing out on the Final Four bonus.
But with two games left, including a grudge match against La Salle, the Tamaraws are not looking ahead at playoff positioning for now.
"Right now we're not looking at scenarios. We just want to focus on the next game because it all depends on that," Racela said of the twice-to-beat advantage.
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