FAR Eastern University coach Olsen Racela let his emotions out after a big win by the Tamaraws over league-leader Adamson at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
On Sunday, the first-year FEU coach let out a scream reminiscent of his 'Ra-Ra-Racela' days with San Miguel and Purefoods at the end of the Tamaraws' 88-85 win over the Falcons in UAAP Season 81.
Asked about his rare show of emotion, Racela said it was pure joy after seeing the Tamaraws pull off a gutsy win in what has been a roller-coaster ride in his second season since taking over from brother Nash.
“When you coach, your personality comes out. Hindi ‘yun peke. Kung ano ‘yung natural na ikaw, ‘yun ang lalabas. As a coach, ganun din ako. Kung ano ‘yung nakikita niyo, ganun talaga ako,” said Racela.
"(Kung papaano ako) nung naglalaro ako, ganun pa rin ako kapag nag-coach."
The former PBA star and national player said unbridled emotion came out due to the importance of the win, which improved FEU's record to 4-2.
More than that, he was prouder to see the Tamaraws stand their ground against the in-form Falcons then beat then in a war of attrition in the endgame.
“We needed that win during the game. Parang roller-coaster ‘yung feeling namin. We were up, we were suddenly down in crucial stages, nag-overtime. Linabas ko lang ‘yung emotions ko after that win. It was a must-win for us,” Racela said.
“Of course, you cannot shut down a team like Adamson the whole game with coach Franz Pumaren also there. They made their run and we stayed composed. I love the fact that they battled through adversity and came out with the win."
Racela is aware that FEU has won against traditional league powerhouses but lost to lower-ranked teams like University of Santo Tomas and University of the East.
He's hoping that would change when the Tamaraws face defending champion Ateneo on Wednesday to end their first-round campaign.
“Hindi maganda ‘yung record namin ng games after big wins. ‘Yun ‘yung challenge sa amin. The good news is malakas kalaban namin. The bad news is Ateneo ‘yun," said Racela, who is also anticipating top player Arvin Tolentino to sit out owing to an automatic suspension.
"Arvin will not play so it’s going to be a tall order. Pero of course, susubukan namin and see what we can do with the odds really not in our favor,” added Racela.