RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, the dynamic backcourt duo of Far Eastern University (FEU) are looking forward to playing in the UAAP Final Four as they hope to put behind them their disappointing 2012 season.
With the two deadly guards at the helm, the Tamaraws clinched their ninth victory on Saturday when they beat Adamson Falcons, 92-80, to advance to the semifinals, a stark contrast to last season where they failed to make it to the Final Four despite finishing with a winning 9-5 win-loss slate.
Garcia, who returned for his fifth and final year hoping to clinch a UAAP title before ending his college career, is elated his team has made it to the next phase of the tournament.
“Siyempre, malaking pagkakataon ‘yun sa akin dahil last year ko na, hindi tulad nung last season na hindi kami nakapasok tapos sobrang sama pa ng season ko,” Garcia said.
“Eto na ’yung pagkakataon na bumawi talaga,” said the Gilas cadet pool member.
Romeo, meanwhile, is also excited to suit up in the Final Four under a different environment, with FEU coach Nash Racela now calling the shots.
“Sobrang excited ako sa Final Four lalo na sa tinatakbo ng team namin na iba ang culture,” said Romeo, who scored a season-best 32 points on Sunday.
“Gusto kong maglaro na iba ang culture, ibang FEU na maglalaro sa Final Four,” he added.
Romeo said there was no concerted effort to eclipse his previous season-high as he was only aching to bounce back from his woes in the past games.
“Galing ako sa masamang shooting nung last two games so sa practice, nag-extra shooting lang ako,” said Romeo.
Garcia, however, recognizes the job is not yet done as the Tamaraws try to clinch a twice-to-beat berth in the Final Four, an incentive they haven’t achieved since they topped the eliminations in 2010.
“Kailangan pa naming magtrabaho. Tulad nga ng sabi ni coach, hindi pa tapos ang trabaho namin,” said Garcia.