Tamaraws more than glad to give Racela one more match in UAAP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2016 08:24 PM
Tamaraws glad to give Racela one more match in UAAP
'TIL NEXT TIME. Nash Racela may be coaching his last game for FEU on his birthday, November 30.

If Far Eastern University would have lost against Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday at the MOA Arena, it would have been Nash Racela’s last time coaching in the UAAP.

The Tamaraws just weren’t going to let that happen.

Battling back from a deficit of as much as 10 points, the defending champions extended their reign for just a little longer via a come-from-behind victory versus the Blue Eagles.

Raymar Jose and Monbert Arong came together and came alive in the final frame to will FEU into a do-or-die matchup with Ateneo. In doing so, they also stretched their mentor’s stint in Morayta just a little longer before he takes over for TNT in the PBA.

Nothing but appreciative of his Tamaraws’ effort, Racela said, “Of course, masaya dahil kung natalo kami, bakasyon na. So masaya dahil, I think from the first to the 16th player, nag-contribute today.”

He then continued, “Wala akong naaalalang isang player na pinasok ko na hindi nakapagbigay ng contribution.”

Indeed, the one-time UAAP champion coach drew contributions from Jose to Richard Escoto and from Arong to Ron Dennison.

On a more personal note, however, Racela said he was not going down with a fight either. “Actually, motivation talaga for me. I never wanted this game to be my last,” he expressed.

His wish was FEU’s command. Two teams fight again next Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum for the right to face De La Salle University in the Finals.

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