FAR Eastern University head coach Olsen Racela said that they shouldn’t have been in this position in the first place but given another crack at the Final Four, he vows to not put this to waste.
The Tamaraws forged a playoff with the La Salle Green Archers for the final UAAP Season 81 semis berth as it took advantage of an injury-hit Adamson squad, 82-56, on Sunday.
“If we took care of business early on, dapat nasa mas magandang position kami,” said Racela as they battle the Green Archers on Wednesday for the fourth and final semis slot.
“But like I said, we’re finally getting the breaks. ‘Yung mga injuries, hindi naman maiiwasan iyon, ‘yung kay Prince Orizu and the time it happened, very crucial games sa mga teams na kadikit namin, ‘di namin maiiwasan iyon,” he added. “Pero right now, we have an opportunity and we have one more game at nabigyan kami ng biyaya so dapat lubusin namin.”
Aside from the breezy victory, the win against the Falcons also reserves the Tamaraws some time to get their bearings entering their knockout match against La Salle.
“Ang maganda rin nangyari kasi dito ay napahinga ‘yung mga players namin who play major minutes also so plus it gave an opportunity to others na makapaglaro and then that’s crucial for us because habang napapahinga ‘yung La Salle, kami naglaro eh so malaking bagay iyon,” he added.
He knows that they will have La Salle at its best, especially with Taane Samuel getting more time on the floor. But the Tamaraws are also at full health and they’re already raring to take a shot at the Green Archers again.
“It’s going to be a tough matchup because bumalik na si Samuel for them, that’s extra body for them, natalo kami sa rebounding last game so malaking bagay sa kanila iyon eh,” Racela shared.
“But well we have Prince back so hopefully that will help us defend their interior pero marami silang masyadong weapons so we’ll see what happens on Wednesday.”