AFTER the euphoria of the Fiba-Asia Championship, Nash Racela shifts focus to Far Eastern University which tries to extend its unbeaten run in a game against National University at the start of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I’m trying to shift from Fiba-Asia to UAAP. Madali lang naman dahil hindi naman ako nawala sa kanila (Tamaraws),” Racela said. “Nawala lang sa time.”
It has been two weeks since the Tamaraws completed a first-round sweep but Racela, assistant coach of World Championship-bound Gilas Pilipinas, believes the long break won’t have a huge effect on the FEU squad.
“Focused naman sila. But my concern is ’yung timing nila at the start of the game. Kasi we opted not to have tune-up games. ’Yun lang ang concern ko na baka rusty ng konti.”
Gametime is at 4 p.m. and FEU is not taking National University lightly. The Bulldogs ended the first round with a 4-3 record for a share of second place with University of Santo Tomas and University of the East.
Racela believes that the Bulldogs are the sharper team since they went on with their preparations after the first round.
“Ang advantage nila, hindi sila nag-break, practice agad sila. They were able to have a tune-up game,” said Racela, whose team beat NU, 87-83, in their July 17 first-round encounter.
Terrence Romeo also hopes to continue the unbeaten run for FEU after he finished the first round on top of the race for the Most Valuable Player honors.
In the first game, La Salle and Adamson part ways at 2 p.m. The Green Archers and the Falcons tote a similar 3-4 win-loss slate.
In the first round, La Salle beat Adamson, 70-67, last July 24 in a game marred by a controversial call late in the game when Gian Abrigo was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Norbert Torres that may have affected the Falcons’ chances of a comeback.
The call led to a referee being suspended by UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga.