FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela is not pushing the panic button following the Tamaraws’ slump to start off the second round of the UAAP, saying a few minor adjustments should put them right back on track.
Racela admitted that the Tamaraws are still groping for form following a two-week break during the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Championship.
The Tamaraws have lost two straight games including a 75-66 defeat to La Salle on Sunday, but Racela believes his team is beginning to get back to the form that allowed it to go spotless in the first round.
“It might be a spillover from the first game (of the second round) but we got our timing back sa second and third quarters. By that time, malaki na ang lamang, mahirap na,” Racela said.
Following its defeat against National University on August 14, Racela said that his wards have responded well to their shocking loss that broke their seven-game winning run.
“Okay naman sila in terms of 'yung outlook. Smooth sailing tayo pero itong second round, teams are adjusting. We lost two games. It’s adversity on our part. We just have to collectively find solutions and it starts with the coaches,” said Racela.
The Tamaraws are facing a tough schedule beginning with a Sunday game against University of the East, whis has won four straight games and is only two games behind FEU in the standings.
The Tamaraws then play Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas on August 28 and September 1, respectively.
“We just have to make adjustments and prepare for the next games. We expect teams to pick up, kita naman kahit noong first round pa lang,” said Racela.