Graduating Dennison credited as key to FEU's success

Philip Matel on Nov 22, 2017 08:38 PM
Graduating Dennison credited as key to FEU's success
Although team captain Ron Dennison had left the FEU Tamaraws, he is confident that the team is very much capable of another postseason apperance.

FEU Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela was all-praises for graduating team captain Ron Dennison, whom he credited for the team’s turnaround, from a big question mark whether if they would reach the Final Four to within one defensive stop of upsetting top-seeded Ateneo and a surprise trip to the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals.

The feisty Dennison, who was hounded by controversy right before the season due to his involvement in their scrum with De La Salle University in a pre-season tournament in Davao, was seen by his coach as a reflection of the team’s growth, as he was used as the yardstick for the team’s subsequent successful season.

“He has a bright future ahead of him, like I said, a very good role player. Marami[ng teams] mag-iinterest dito kay Ron,” Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said after the game.

For his five-year stint with the Tamaraws that ended in an 88-84 loss against Ateneo, an emotional Dennison thanked the FEU management for giving him confidence for him to grow as a player, going from doing odd jobs in the province to a solid two-way star.

Even the opposition noticed Dennison’s solid season, in which he was seen as a solid threat in terms of offense and defense. Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin went to the guard after the game and said what he noticed in the FEU skipper.

“Sinabi niya sa akin na I have a bright future daw. Sobrang ganda daw ng season ko this year,” Dennison said. 

The Cebu native also added that many other opposing coaches approached him and praised his effort, which has allowed him to lead FEU to a 7-7 finish in the eliminations.

For his next plans, the 23-year old is still unsure whether he would skip the year before declaring himself eligible for the draft, or increase his notoriety and draft stock by playing in the PBA D-League.

Though he may have left, the team captain is pretty much sure that his team will in safe hands for Season 81, and is very confident that the Tamaraws will make a splash next season, with the foremost guidance of their head coach.

For Racela, he was proud of the team’s effort in their recently-concluded season and noted that they already adapted to treating every game possession by possession.

“We were one stop away from making it to the finals. But still, the loss doesn't define us. I’m still proud of the way we grew this season.”

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