UAAP 82: Tuffin says FEU had to get swept by NU to get back to semis

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2019 05:52 PM
Tuffin says FEU had to get swept by NU to get back to semis
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ANTIPOLO - Far Eastern University is into the semifinals of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

And actually, the Tamaraws even had a shot at the second-seed and the twice-to-beat advantage.

To do just that, however, they needed the University of the Philippines to lose its last two assignments and, well, the Fighting Maroons didn’t let that happen.

Still, looking back now, there are two games that the green and gold may see as the ones that got away.

National University only has two wins to show for all their troubles thus far - and both have come at the expense of FEU.

And so, if only those had different endings, the Tamaraws would have had a golden opportunity for the second spot.

Rather than lament what could have been though, they are instead thinking that they actually became better thanks to those losses. "Yes, we could've been second-seed, but there's beauty in that. We needed to go through that to become the team we are now," team captain Ken Tuffin said.

He then continued, "If it wasn't for those losses, who knows, we might not be here right now. We might have been complacent."

Head coach Olsen Racela was of the same mind. "I guess, oo nga kasi after nun, maganda laro namin offensively," he said.

FEU lost to the Bulldogs twice in the span of four games and after the latter one, it found itself at 4-5 in the standings.

From there, however, they rang off four wins in its last five games.

And now, the Tamaraws are one scary squad ready and raring for the next round.

A shot at the second-seed and the twice-to-beat advantage doesn't matter anymore. As Tuffin put it, "Sayang talaga, but we had to go through that. We took the long road, but we're here now."

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