Racela says FEU out to deny Ateneo-La Salle ‘Dream Finals’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 17, 2016 12:31 PM
I HAVE A DREAM. Nash Racela said he and FEU have other plans for the Finals.
Already trekking a tough road, Far Eastern University will now have to buck a twice-to-win disadvantage to be able to defend their title.
Suffering an untimely skid of three losses in a row, the Tamaraws ceded the second-seed to streaking Ateneo de Manila University and had to settle for the third-seed.
That means that the defending champions need to defeat the Blue Eagles two times in a row just to make the Finals. For reference, Katipunan went 2-0 against Morayta in the elimination round.
That’s not fazing coach Nash Racela, however. “We are confident on who we’ll face,” he told reporters, full of confidence, after his boys finally arrested their slump last Wednesday.
The one-time UAAP champion coach said that FEU itself is the least of his worries. As he put it, “Ang problema ko is yung dream matchup. Everyone wants to see that.”
Racela didn’t specify the dream matchup, but De La Salle University-Ateneo de Manila University has long been considered the most intense rivalry in the country. And those two teams are holding the top two seeds and therefore the twice-to-beat advantages.
Against all odds, however, the 44-year-old was adamant that the Tamaraws will leave it all on their court in their title defense. “I know FEU and Adamson both want to be in the Finals and I think we are deserving to be there. We’ll try our best to deny that dream because I have a better dream,” he expressed.
He then continued, “I have a different dream. There’s a different matchup in my dreams.”
Twice-to-beat Ateneo wages war on FEU while also twice-to-beat DLSU battles Adamson on Wednesday.
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