DISTRACTIONS cost Far Eastern University its first loss in Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
The Tamaraw hope there won't be any this time.
Coach Nash Racela blamed the Tamaraws loss to University of Santo Tomas last Sunday to several distractions, including the postponement of their game against Adamson last July 16 due to typhoon ‘Glenda.’
The loss came just days after FEU had a rousing start to the season by defeating reigning champion De La Salle Green Archers.
“I think (last week), medyo nag-fail kami. Kasama na ‘yung bagyo, ‘yung cancelled game, and some other stuff. Marami. Sabi nga ng mga coaches, even during the warm-ups (against UST), light na light ‘yung dating. So probably that took away the focus ng mga players,” said Racela.
“’Yung mga distractions sa buhay is given. But something that you have control over is how you react to distractions,” said Racela.
Hopefully none of it affects the Tamaraws’ play on Sunday when they face University of the Philippines in their 2 p.m. showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Maroons, despite their winless mark at 0-3, gave Ateneo a big scare before folding up in the end, 86-75, last Wednesday.
UP coach Rey Madrid, however, expects an improved performance from the Maroons, who faltered when the Blue Eagles executed their full-court press.
“Nalingat lang kami ng dalawang beses. Later during the game, mahirap na habulin,” said Madrid. “Hindi ako masaya. Dapat hindi kami ma-pe-press. It’s a very disappointing game. Maliit na nga kami, na-pe-press pa kami.”