UAAP: FEU's Olsen Racela: All Aldin Ayo-coached teams work hard
Danine Cruz on Sep 12, 2018 05:43 PM
For the past three years, not once did the Tamaraws bow to the Growling Tigers, until Wednesday.
For the past three years, not once did the Far Eastern University bow to the University of Santo Tomas, until Wednesday.
Handed by brand new UST coach Aldin Ayo, Olsen Racela was sent back to the drawing board after a tough loss.
"Alam ko naman na all Aldin Ayo-coached teams really work hard. For them, it's all about putting in effort because of their press, the way they attack the basket, the way they get offensive rebounds," said Racela.
Last Sunday, the Tamaraws opened their Season 81 with a sizzling victory over De La Salle University -- their first victory over the Archers in two years. On Wednesday, they found themselves involved in another streak-ender, but on the losing side.
"Bumalik sa amin yung ginawa namin sa La Salle [last week]. Sa La Salle, di pa kami nananalo the past two years years, ngayon nangyari naman sa amin," Racela said.
It was a game of runs for both teams but ultimately, Racela thinks that their lapses in the first two quarters caused them the whole match. Simply put, UST outhustled and outmuscled FEU.
"We lost the game in the first half. We talked about yung hustle points ng UST. Ang dami nilang offensive rebounding, they go to the loose balls, kami hindi, and that gave them the confidence eh," added the FEU mentor.
The Tamaraws will seek for their bounce back win on Saturday versus the defending champions, Ateneo Blue Eagles.
"Balik kami ngayon sa drawing board and then the difficult thing about this is we have to turn around and then play Ateneo. Pero ganun talaga. That's the UAAP for you. Kailangan every game, you just have to be ready. Kung hindi, ganito mangyayari," Racela added.