DLSU’s Ayo, FEU’s Racela share hug two weeks after Davao brawl

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2017 05:44 PM
DLSU’s Ayo, FEU’s Racela share hug weeks after Davao brawl
CALM BEFORE THE STORM. DLSU's Aldin Ayo and FEU's Olsen Racela have apparently patched things up a week before their teams meet again now in the UAAP>

De La Salle University and Far Eastern University were in the same venue for the first time since their preseason matchup ended in a bench-clearing brawl.

The head coaches as well as some players of the Green Archers and the Tamaraws were inside the MOA Arena on Monday for the preseason press conference of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And Adamson University head coach Franz Pumaren, frank as always, voiced out what was on everybody’s minds. Asked what he’s expecting for the oncoming season, he answered, “I’m excited for FEU-La Salle.”

Bo Perasol of the University of the Philippines went even further when given the same query. “Sa YouTube ko lang napanood yung FEU-La Salle. Gusto ko makita sa tunay,” he replied.

Indeed, the DLSU-FEU matchup on opening weekend just became even more anticipated after the two teams rekindled their rivalry more than a week ago in Davao.

The Green Archers and the Tamaraws waged war in the semifinals of the 2017 Kadayawan Tournament before a brawl erupted late in the third quarter.

The game ended in a double forfeiture and several players including DLSU’s Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Prince Rivero, and Ricci Rivero and FEU’s Ron Dennison, RJ Ramirez, and Arvin Tolentino became the toast of social media.

Now, however, both teams are saying it’s time to move on. “It was very unfortunate that it happened, pero ‘di na namin pinag-uusapan yun. We’re focused on the upcoming season,” Green Archers mentor Aldin Ayo said.

Showing he walks his talk, Ayo went out of his way to approach and then embrace Racela once the press con was over. Asked about his gesture afterward, he answered, “Yung hug na yun, may purpose. Bahala na sila mag-interpret. Ginawa ko yun kasi may purpose.”

For his part, Olsen Racela, the new head coach of the Tamaraws, also said the Davao brawl was a thing of the past. “Same thing with coach Aldin. Sa akin, I always tell my boys not to dwell on the past and be mindful of the present. Having said that, kalimutan na natin ang nangyari,” he said.

He then continued, “We’re excited for our first game na nation pa against La Salle. Let’s leave it at that.”

The UAAP goes for great in Season 80 starting on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Then on Sunday, DLSU and FEU once again take the floor up against each other.

Of course, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.

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