Petron denied TNT a grand slam in 2011, but Racela insists KaTropa not out for payback
Nash Racela was an assistant to Chot Reyes in the TNT team that came a win short of a grand slam after losing to Petron (now SMB) in Game 7 of the Governors Cup Finals. Jaime Campos

NASH Racela has been with TnT Katropa for a while now that he was already there when the champion franchise suffered a heartbreaker after rival San Miguel denied it of a rare PBA grand slam.

The soft-spoken, 46-year-old Racela was a deputy of Chot Reyes during the 2011 PBA season when the fancied Texters stood on the verge of a season sweep of all three conferences by making it as far as Game 7 of the season-ending Governors Cup against Petron (now San Miguel).

One win and TnT would've become the first team to accomplish a grand slam since Alaska in 1996 - and only the fourth overall in league history.

Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be.

Motivated to win his first league title, Arwind Santos put everything on the line and found a lot of help from Alex Cabagnot, Denok Miranda, and import Anthony Grundy to take the winner-take-all match, 85-73.

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Racela gave a nod when asked about his recollection of the series, whose one major memory involved Petron coach Ato Agustin’s alleged challenge of a fistfight against Reyes at the end of Game 3.

Although he still remembers it, the TnT mentor said he’s not a person who’s really into history.

Not even now that the Texters are in the position to deny San Miguel of going for a ‘slam.’ The Beermen bagged a third straight Philippine Cup championship to open the season.

“To tell you honestly I live in the present, kasi ‘yung history I’m not really a fan of that,” he stressed.

“What’s important for me is the one in front of me,” the younger brother of  Ginebra deputy Olsen Racela said.

“Hopefully we will make history also.”

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