FAR Eastern University will be holding early morning practices during the UAAP break so that coach Nash Racela can fulfill his duties as assistant coach with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-Asia Championships.
Racela said that the undefeated Tamaraws will adjust from the usual 5 p.m. schedule to a 6 a.m. practice so that he can swing over to the national team in the world championship qualifiers.
“With our schedule of 8:30 p.m. games, practice and shootaround at 10 a.m., scouting in the middle, I would rather do things with FEU in the morning para I can be full-time with Gilas,” Racela said.
The UAAP, where the Tamaraws have been undefeated in seven games, is taking a two-week break to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia joust.
While others may think it could stop the Tamaraws’ momentum, Racela believes the break is beneficial for them.
“Maybe the struggling teams will say maganda itong break na ito, ‘yung iba will say na it will stop the momentum. Pero importante pa rin ang pahinga and recovery. I would rather have this than not have a break at all. Our concern is to be fresh,” said Racela.
To begin the break, the Tamaraws held a team-building session in Tagaytay City. Racela, however, had to shuffle back and forth to Manila to attend to Gilas practices, but Racela is not complaining.
“That’s part of the sacrifice,” he said.
For his part, leading MVP candidate Terrence Romeo welcomed the two-week break not only to recharge but also to have a chance to watch Gilas Pilipinas.
“Okay sa akin ‘yung break para makapanood din ng Fiba-Asia,” said Romeo.