COACH Olsen Racela is keeping calm amid a dismal start to the season by Far Eastern University, confident the Tamaraws will soon hit their stride.
The Tamaraws hold a 1-2 win-loss record, but Racela noted his team has had to face two title contenders in the first week of the UAAP basketball tournament.
"Malas lang kami na we played Ateneo and La Salle in the first three games. But it's still a long season," said Racela.
The Tamaraws, who bowed to the defending champion Green Archers on opening weekend, absorbed their second loss on Sunday as the Blue Eagles Ateneo shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and 50 percent in the second.
FEU, on the other hand, shot 41 percent for the game.
While he expected Ateneo to be a force, Racela said he was surprised with how the Blue Eagles shot the lights out against his team.
"I didn't expect them to shoot like that," said Racela. "You can't take away everything. This is a very disciplined team and a well-coached team ang Ateneo. They just showed tonight that they are the favorites this season."
To turn things around Racela said FEU must step up on defense after giving up more than 90 points against La Salle and Ateneo.
"Defense. We really have to improve defensively. We gave up too many points against La Salle and Ateneo. Pag ganun talaga shooting, kahit sa PBA, mahirap talunin especially in the three-point area.
"We have to take a look at the video to see what we can improve but right now, off the top of my head, depensa," said Racela.