Adamson’s game plan exposed by ‘best college program around’, concedes Nash Racela
Whenever a team goes through a rebuilding phase, there will be moments that lay bare the struggles of putting together a group of players to ultimately go all the way.
For Nash Racela, watching his Adamson University team get crushed by Ateneo de Manila University 47-78 in what was his program’s second loss in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament, was part of the process.
With the fire burning from the Blue Eagles from the first period, once they took a huge lead, there was almost no way for the Soaring Falcons to force a comeback.
It felt like the game was between men and boys, Racela conceded.
“Obviously we have a lot to work on,” said Racela, whose team had just won their decisive victory last Saturday against the EU, 82-66.
“It was all on display because we played the best college program around. I think it’s as simple as that.
Heading into the clash against the Blue Eagles, Racela already knew his young Soaring Falcons were in for a rough ride. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Adamson needed all the help he could get before the game and that it came from a head coach from another UAAP team.
Olsen, Nash’s brother who coaches Far Eastern University, gave his brother some advice after his Tamaraws put up a good fight against Ateneo.
Unfortunately, it was difficult to implement these ideas with limited time on the training ground.
“If Coach Olsen? Nag-share naman,Nash said as the Olsen Tamaraws had just faced the Blue Eagles last Saturday, also losing 79-70. “May kaunting ano lang but you know that’s the hardest part – in a tournament like this you only have one day of preparation so it will be very difficult to put a lot of things in, especially with our team na we are just building the foundations.
“We can’t put a lot of stuff in right now. We prefer to just keep building the blocks. The explanation from the kanina team, I drew a building sa kanila, sabi ko before people can recognize the building, if you are at street level, people only see the building when it is already done.
“This is the only time they will recognize what you have, the building or the program. Right now we are still, not even at street level, nandun pa tayo sa basement. Parking pa lang nalalagay natin. But certainly we will get there. Sabi ko is just part of this building process,” He continued.
Really, it will indeed be years before Racela can see Adamson become the program he envisions. Massive losses like the one against Ateneo are only part of the process. What is important is that his boys learn from them and bounce back better.
Remember that it took him his third season with the FEU to win a championship after so many post-season disappointments. A playoff loss shouldn’t deter the Soaring Falcons from the growth they can achieve.
“Pag minadali naman namin, player of lalo magugulo ang. Baka hindi na makalaro masyado”, Racela pointed out.
“The focus is on the present moment, forget that loss, learn from it and focus on the next task which is UST on Saturday.”