Olsen Racela commends Tamaraws despite Final 4 exit

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—The door to the title has closed for Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament but had coach Olsen Racela knows his team’s run wasn’t all for naught.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis The Tamaraws had a rough start to the season winning three of their first seven games but turned things around in the second round going 5-2 and earning their spot in the knockout stage.Despite carrying a three-game winning streak, including a second round win over UST, the Tamaraws fell prey to the Growling Tigers who built a massive foundation in the first half with a 54-28 lead.FEU managed to cut the lead down to five, 70-65, midway through the fourth but the Growling Tigers retaliated with a quick 8-0 run taking a 78-65 lead after Renzo Subido’s three with 1:28 left.Eboña, however, missed out on the furious fourth-quarter rally as he got ejected with barely two minutes left in the second quarter after absorbing a second unsportsmanlike foul with a hit on Soulemane Chabi Yo.Nevertheless, Racela showed his pride for his graduating players whom he believes should have brighter futures outside of college.ADVERTISEMENT University of Santo Tomas defeated the Tamaraws, 81-71, in the stepladder game en route to the semifinals, sending FEU to watch the remainder of the Final Four from the bleachers.Racela thanked his seniors Wendell Comboy, Kim Bayquin, Hubert Cani, and Barkley Eboña for the leadership they’ve provided during the tournament that saw FEU finish with an 8-6 record for the third seed in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I told them in the dugout that this game will not define this season. We achieved something big this year and we reached the Final Four with these guys leading us,” said Racela Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I’m just proud of these four and the 12 players who grew with us. It was all about growth for us this year especially for our rookies so this is big for us.”center_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I don’t want to take away what these players did this season,” said Racela. “The ending wasn’t that great but I’m just proud of how we played this season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard not healthy so Clippers allowed to rest him Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img