NASH Racela used to plead with the media not to talk too much about his Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
Now, he is resigned to that thought that the Tamaraws simply can't avoid the attention.
“At this point, after winning (six) games, you can’t avoid that anymore,” Racela said about the hype generated by their impressive start to the UAAP season which the Tamaraws sustained with a 77-67 victory over title contender University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.
Following a disappointing preseason, the Tamaraws hardly drew raves from pundits. But after beating runners-up UST on Saturday, the Morayta-based cagers stood just a win away from sweeping the first round.
The question right now, Racela said, is sustaining the run.
The FEU head coach admitted that at this point of their season, the important thing is for the Tamaraws to control their mindset and manage expectations as the team continued to roll past opponents in Season 76.
During practice before Sunday’s game, Racela emphasized to the team the need to be more focused now that the hype couldn’t be avoided.
“Before our huddle in practice, sinabi ko sa kanila ‘yung request ko sa press not to talk about us much because during the preseason, nobody talked about us,” said Racela.
“You can’t avoid that anymore kahit anong klaseng request meron ako sa mga kaibigan, sabi ko we can’t avoid that anymore. We don’t have control over that, the only thing right now is that we have to control the way we think,” said Racela.
The youthful coach insisted that the Tamaraws should continue to work hard and not be carried away despite being the runaway leader in the UAAP standings at this point of the season.
“It’s a work in progress. I’m always happy with our play basta we have to sustain it. That’s the biggest question right now - sustainability,” said Racela.
“Sa pagkakaalam ko, (a 6-0 start) doesn’t guarantee anything. Trabaho pa rin,” said Racela.