Racela welcomes FEU loss 'with open arms'
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) saw their seven-game winning streak snapped by National University (NU) on Wednesday, yet Tamaraws coach Nash Racela believes the loss will end up working in their favor in the long run.
After a two-week break, both the Tams and the Bulldogs played a defensive, grind-it-out game, but it was NU who came out on top, 59-58, after Ray Parks made two clutch free throws in the dying seconds of the game.
“This loss is welcome to me. I welcome this, with open arms,” said Racela after the game. “Because I know it will make us a better team, and it will make us stronger, especially down the stretch.”
Racela, who was part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff during the FIBA Asia tournament, acknowledged that they “weren’t able to prepare enough” for the Bulldogs.
“NU made great adjustments from our previous games, at least defensively,” he added.
Yet Racela also pointed out that even with their lack of preparation, they had a shot to win the game.
“Actually, nagulat ako na dikit lang ‘yung game and we had our chance. Marami kaming mali, and despite those mistakes, we had a chance. If not for those free throws baka nanalo kami,” he said.
What Racela now wants his team to understand is that “from this point on, every game will be doubly hard,” starting with their game against De La Salle on Sunday.
“Ang importante lang for us is preparing for La Salle. For sure, it’s gonna be a close game like today,” he said.