Young Tamaraws still lacking consistency

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 17, 2016 02:12 PM
Young Tamaraws still lacking consistency
BETTER WITH AGE. FEU is still learning all about maturity, says coach Nash Racela.

Far Eastern University finally barged back into the win column last Wednesday.

Still, the defending champions’ untimely skid of three losses in a row forced them to cede the second-seed to streaking Ateneo de Manila Univeristy. With that, they had to settle for the third-seed.

For head coach Nash Racela, however, the Tamaraws never expected a top two finish in the elimination round – especially following the exits of all of Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia. “Again, we have a young team. From the start, we have an inexperienced group of players so mahirap talaga,” he said.

He then continued, “I know they struggled so the message we have for his team is to do the right thing and continue looking for that consistency.”

After their first win in more than three weeks, the 44-year-old was nothing but glad to see some sort of consistency taking shape. “The challenge for them is to be consistent at least two consecutive games. We did that so that’s a welcome development,” he expressed.

To make it happen for his youngsters, Racela even went as far as only playing key cog Monbert Arong for only four minutes last Wednesday. Asked about the decision, he answered, “We feel we needed to give the other players a chance to play and be confident. We know we’ll be needing the other players sa playoffs.”

For his part, Arong said the completely understood where his coach is coming from. As he put it, “Okay lang yun. Pinagpahinga niya lang ako.”

He also added, “Tapos para na rin sa mga bata yun.”

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