FAR Eastern University begins a grueling week in its bid to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four when it faces Ateneo on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws’ match against the Blue Eagles is crucial with both teams in a position to take the No. 2 ranking and final twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
FEU coach Nash Racela’s wards are holding an 8-3 win-loss, but face a tricky test against an Ateneo squad (7-4) that is fresh from dealing archrival La Salle its first loss of the season, 83-71.
“They really played a disciplined game against La Salle,” said Racela.
The FEU-Ateneo match is set at 2 p.m.
The task won’t get any easier after the Ateneo game as FEU takes on La Salle on Saturday in a game where the leaders will be looking to atone for the shock defeat to the Blue Eagles.
With the difficult week ahead, Racela hopes the team will not suffer a letdown after the Tamaraws’ own seven-game winning run was snapped on Saturday by Adamson, 61-59.
But more than the record, Racela is more concerned with the form of the Tamaraws which he hopes would continue to improve heading to the playoffs.
“Our main worry is mag-regress kami especially towards this crucial stretch. Kailangan mag-improve ka ng mag-improve. That has always been a concern. If we keep on improving even if we are losing, that’s a positive thing for us,” said Racela.
Adamson faces University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. - the first of its three shots at nailing the last available spot in the Final Four.