FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela is guarding against complacency as the Tamaraws prepare to go for the kill against University of Santo Tomas in Game Two of the UAAP Season 78 finals.
Racela is hoping history will not repeat itself as the Morayta-based school also won the opener of its title series against National University Bulldogs last year, only to drop the next two games.
“I think we learned our lesson from last year’s final,” said Racela. “We were up one game but we lost the series.
“The series is not yet over. We need another win,” he added.
The Tamaraws are on the cusp of winning the school's first title in about a decade. As it is, FEU has the most number of league championships with 19, followed by UST and University of the East with 18 each.
Racela admitted FEU was not as deep last year, the reason the Tamaraws lost to the Bulldogs in the finals.
It’s a different story this year as the team had no player who played more than 26 minutes in Game One. Roger Pogoy played 25 minutes and scored 15 points in the 75-64 win.
Racela said he saw similarities between his FEU team last season and the present UST Tigers, who, because of lack of depth, were forced to play their top players heavy minutes.
Still, it’s not a reason to be complacent, according to him.
“We see ourselves last year in UST this year. Ganyan din kami before, playing 30 plus minutes. The players were really tired. Hopefully, it’s going to be different this year,” he said.
“We are hoping that it’s a good reminder for us to be humble and continue to work and correct things so that we can get another win,” he added.