FAR Eastern University goes for a share of second place when it goes up against Adamson on Wednesday at the conclusion of the first round of the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws (4-2) go up against the winless Falcons (0-6) at 4 p.m. in the second game of a doubleheader that was supposed to be played last July 16 but was postponed due to typhoon ‘Glenda.’
FEU is looking to join La Salle and National University in second place and coach Nash Racela wants to see his wards play consistently after the Tamaraws walloped the NU Bulldogs, 71-62, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The last thing Racela wants to see is the Tamaraws relaxing against the Falcons.
“We know from the very beginning our problem was our inconsistency,” Racela said. “Sometimes we tend to play the better teams harder, slack off a little bit when we play with the weaker teams but again as a coach we don’t want that.
“We play the game the same regardless who we play something na dapat matutunan namin,” Racela said.
Based on the first six games of the season, Racela believes the team had shown they are capable of beating any other teams. But against the Bulldogs, he still saw some inconsistent play.
“Kung matatalo kami, it’s always because of us. As much as possible, we want to play good for 40 minutes but during the third and fourth quarter we had a lot of lapses more so defensively,” said Racela.
The Falcons hope to bounce back after a sorry 77-64 loss to University of the Philippines, teh Maroons' first win after nearly two years.
University of the Santo Tomas and University of the East clash at 2 p.m., both hoping to break their losing runs.
The Tigers of head coach Bong Dela Cruz bowed 83-70 to defending champion La Salle on Saturday, their second straight loss.
The Red Warriors are on a longer losing slide of four games, teh most recent a 93-91 overtime defeat to Ateneo on Sunday. With Nerissa Maggay