DESPITE another win that propelled Far Eastern University to a share of second spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, Tamaraws coach Nash Racela couldn’t hide his disappointment.
The frustration mounted that Racela said the Tamaraws “were consistently inconsistent.”
“To tell you honestly, I don’t know when my players will play. ‘Yung ang problema namin. I honestly don’t know when they are going to play. Malaking ang problema namin,” said Racela in his postgame interview following the team’s 71-62 victory over winless Adamson Falcons on Wednesday.
The soft-spoken coach even went to the extent of comparing the Tamaraws to a rock that just won’t break.
“Hindi ko alam kung saan ako nagkulang as a coach. Pukpukin mo na lang ‘yung bato hanggang sa mabasag. Ayaw talaga. Hindi ko alam,” said Racela as FEU athletic director Mark Molina listened beside him.
“Malaking problema ni Mr. Molina kapag ganyan ang players niya,” the FEU coach added.
Prior to the game, Racela preached consistency as this is the right time to practice it since the Tamaraws are up against the lowly Falcons.
But the young coach saw exactly the opposite.
Racela also believes his players are not listening to what he wants to teach to them.
“With the way we played today, I have a very big problem as a coach. I don’t think my players understand me and what I’m trying to teach them, with the way they played today. Hindi ko alam.
“Actually, medyo lost ako. Naiinis ako sa mga players.”
Racela even played down FEU’s place in the standings. The Tamaraws are now in joint second place with De La Salle and National University at 5-2, just behind Ateneo's 6-1 record.
“It doesn’t mean anything. We are all tied at number two. I don’t think it matters ‘yung placing. The UAAP can use that as the basis for the scheduling pero I don’t see any advantage landing at number two,” Racela said.