FAR Eastern University tries to prove there’s life after Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia as the Tamaraws play San Sebastian in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Luzon-Metro Manila qualifiers.
The Tamaraws automatically gained a spot in the PCCL qualifiers for placing third in Season 76 of the UAAP, leb by current Most Valuable Player awardee Romeo and former MVP Garcia.
The two have moved on to the pros, both signing with Globalport in the PBA, but the Tamaraws are eager to show they can still come up with wins.
The two explosive guards will also be seeing action on Thursday with the Batang Pier as they take on crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in a PBA game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
FEU coach Nash Racela said the PCCL is an opportunity for players like Mike Tolomia and Mark Belo to prove their worth as new leaders of the squad.
Tolomia and Belo are the two of the Tamaraws’ consistent contributors in scoring and other statistical departments in the recently-concluded UAAP season.
“New beginning for us. New opportunities for the other players,” said Racela.
The young coach also said it is still premature to gauge how the team has been adjusting since Thursday’s game will be the first time Romeo and Garcia will not be playing for the Tamaraws.
“I can’t really say much regarding adjustment because we started training this week,” said Racela.
FEU will take on its counterpart in the NCAA in the Stags, who also finished third after bowing to Letran in the Final Four.
Gametime is at 4 p.m.
The winner of the FEU-San Sebastian encounter will face either University of the East or National University in the next phase of the stepladder playoff after the Warriors and Bulldogs won on Tuesday in Tanauan City.
The Red Warriors beat University of Batangas, 81-60, while the Bulldogs defeated University of Perpetual Help, 70-67.
The UE-NU game is at 2 p.m.