Downward spiral leaves FEU Tamaraws fighting for survival


first_imgMOST READ Far Eastern University once joined Adamson University and Ateneo atop the standings after the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament when all three teams racked up 5-2 records.Fast-forward to less than a month and the Tamaraws are in a tight spot in the fifth seed tied with University of the Philippines with 5-6 slates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis sudden fall has FEU head coach Olsen Racela feeling bothered.“It’s troublesome actually because we’re out of the Final Four picture and we have to figure out a way to win first,” said Racela. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It actually doesn’t matter [that we beat them], we’re fighting for survival,” said Racela. “We cannot think about the Ateneo and Adamson wins because it won’t do us any good.”“Our focus right now is to get one win in the second round and see what happens after that.” Compounding Racela’s worry is the absence of center Prince Orizu who suffered a high ankle sprain on his left leg in the Tamaraws’ 82-62 loss to the Blue Eagles early in the second round.Orizu, counting his exit in the Ateneo game, has already missed three games for the Tamaraws.Racela’s team has a chance to correct its trajectory in its final three games in the season with the next two against bottom-dwellers University of the East and National University.The Tamaraws will then face the Soaring Falcons in their last game of the preliminaries.FEU already beat Adamson, 88-85, in the first round but Racela said he doesn’t look at the victory as a confidence-builder for their rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Talk about a downward spiral.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perasol, UP still confident of Final 4 chances despite heartbreaker to Adamson Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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