HAMPERED by fear of cramps in the past two games, Raymar Jose got his groove back and delivered for Far Eastern University.
Jose dominated the boards, hauling down 22 in a win over University of the East that evened the Tamaraws’ record to 2-2, a huge improvement after a disappointing two weeks.
The FEU coaching staff learned Jose had been holding back the past two games, keeping his energy in reserve for the fourth quarter to prevent a repeat of his disappointing performance in the opening match against La Salle when he had to be pulled out due to cramps.
“He had a talk with some of our coaches and we discovered that after that La Salle game na nag-cramps siya, mina-manage niya ’yung sarili niya, meaning he is not giving 100 percent when he is on the floor kasi natatakot siya na baka mag-cramps uli sa fourth,” said coach Nash Racela.
The champion coach said FEU doesn’t have the luxury of relaxing at any point of a match this season.
“We were telling the team na we are not like last year na meron kaming switch-on, switch-off na kahit mag-relax kami, they can turn it on at makaka-recover kami. This year, it’s a totally different team. We have to be switch-on the whole game,” Racela said.
Racela noted the team was on switch-on mode the entire game that led to Jose’s rebound total.
“Today, kapag naka-on ka pala ng 40 minutes, you can get 20 rebounds. Hopefully, he learns from that. Raymar is capable of doing that every game,” said Racela.