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    Petron denied TNT a grand slam in 2011, but Racela insists KaTropa not out for payback

    Jun 20, 2017

    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.

    [See TNT ace Troy Rosario fined P25K for 'cooking gesture']

    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.

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    “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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