FAR Eastern University coach Olsen Racela refused to dwell on the fouls and free throw disparity in their previous match and instead is focusing on their final elimination round game of UAAP Season 80.
The Tamaraws lost to National University, 87-84, despite making 18 three-pointers. FEU, however, only shot seven free throws in the game after being fouled just 10 times.
FEU, which dropped to 6-7, was also called for 28 fouls.
“Masyado kaming maraming fouls na tinawag sa amin,” said Racela. “We have to learn to play defense without fouling. Siguro we have to do a better job of doing that.”
Racela also hopes his team won’t rely too much on three-point shooting.
“Aside from that, kailangan siguro maging aggressive kami on offense, not relying on our three-point shooting,” said Racela.
Racela, however, is moving on as FEU turns its focus on Adamson in their match set on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws need to win against the Falcons to clinch the last spot in the semifinals, but Racela said that is easier said than done as he expects Adamson to come out strong.
Although the Falcons have already clinched a Final Four berth, Racela expects Adamson to go all out and finish strong heading into their semifinal match against No. 2 La Salle.
“I’ve always considered Adamson to be the top teams in the UAAP even last year. Pinapakita talaga nila kung bakit sila considered as favorites this season. It’s going to be a tall order for us. Coach Franz, gusto niya going into the Final Four, mataas ang kumpiyansa nila and finish the elimination round with a win,” said Racela.