Raymar Jose left amazed by Ben Mbala shotblocking skills: 'Parang goalie'
Raymar Jose failed to finish FEU's game against La Salle due to cramps. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University team captain Raymar Jose said the Tamaraws are not feeling blue after their opening game loss to La Salle on Wednesday.

Jose came out of the Mall of Asia Arena dugout without any sign of disappointment after the Tamaraws lost to the Green Archers, 83-78, in their first game of Season 79.

“Okay lang kasi nandoon pa rin kami sa game. Kinapos lang kami ng konti,” said Jose, after the Tamaraws managed to claw back from a 16-point deficit and trimmed the lead to three, 77-74, late in the game, only to falter in the end.

The 6-foot-4 Jose also said FEU had a tough time scoring against La Salle’s Ben Mbala, who had four blocks to go along with 13 points and 23 rebounds in the match. Still he was proud to see the Tamaraws unintimidated and relentlessly attacking the paint.

“Ang laki niya eh. Lahat ng lay-up namin, napapalpal. Parang bahay na niya ‘yun. Parang goalie,” said Jose, now tasked to lead FEU after the graduation of Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, and Russel Escoto.

“Walang gigive-up sa amin. Laban lang kami ng laban at itakbo ang sistema namin,” he added.

Jose, however, admitted he was frustrated that he wasn’t able to play the final few minutes of the game due to cramps.

“Okay na ‘yung laro namin tapos nawala ako bigla sa loob. Na-frustrate din ako na hindi ako nakabalik,” Jose said.

The FEU veteran said the tight loss against the Green Archers will go a long way for their campaign as they continue the season against Adamson on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Sinabi ko lang, mag-focus lang tayo and go hard. Kung ano ‘yung game plan namin, gawin lang namin,” said Jose.

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