Far Eastern University (FEU) is down but definitely unbowed as the Tamaraws aim to bounce back in the deciding Game 3 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on October 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Pag-aaralan naming ‘yung game. We’ll make some adjustments during the week,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela.
The Tamaraws absorbed a stunning 47-62 loss to National University (NU) in Game 2 of their best-of-three championship showdown on Wednesday that blew their chance of claiming their 20th title in the league.
The loss paved that the way to a winner-take-all match next week.
The series is tied at 1-1.
FEU won in Game 1, 75-70.
“There was some gigil on part of the players. It reflected on our eight assists. They [NU] played great defense [in Game 2],” added Racela.
FEU had a miserable 17-of-61 field goal shooting and 3-of-18 clip from beyond the arc in Game 2, way off than its 29-of-71 and 6-of-18 in Game 1. NU also ruled the shaded lane with a total of 54 boards compared to FEU’s 41.
“It’s very important to go into a game with a level of confidence. It is expected that the series will go the distance. Good thing that both teams have equal chances to win,” Racela Said.
Only Mark Belo (17 points) and Mike Tolomia (15 points) finished in double figures as Anthony Hargrove, who played for 23 minutes, could only churned out three rebounds, one assist and a couple of blocks. Starters Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Raymar Jose combined for a measly eight-point output.
“We’ve been in situation like this before and we were able to bounce back,” said Racela.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, are also raring to go all-out to end their six-decade title drought. NU last won in 1954.
For his part, NU mentor Eric Altamirano said “I just told them not to be complacent. We have to throw everything out and focus on that final game,”