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Twenty-seven NU offensive boards too much for FEU coach Nash Racela

By Ivan Saldajeno

FEU Tamaraws coach Nash Racela felt that the Tamaraws were unlucky with the 50-50 balls in Game 2 of the UAAP Finals series against the NU Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs got the better of the hustle stats as they outrebounded the Tams in the offensive boards, 27-15, and in total rebounds, 58-39.

"There were a lot of 50-50 balls na naunahan kami ng NU," Racela told after the game.

Mike Tolomia added that the extra possession led the Bulldogs to take an early double-digit lead, forcing the Tamaraws to rush things up.

"Buong game, nagmamadali na kami, kasi noong first quarter pa lang nakalamang na agad sila nang malaki," Tolomia said.

Racela also said that FEU anticipated NU's hot start.

"We expected this from them--coming off a loss," he said.

On Troy Rosario's breakout game, Racela said, "[He was] great! He dominated us."

Coach Nash also said that the Tamaraws will utilize the one-week break to prepare hard for Game 3, which he already expected.

On the other hand, while he lauded his team's efforts in blocking eight shots, Racela stressed anew that the rebounding was a key in the loss.

"When you go for blocks, yung nabibigay mo sa kabila yung rebounds when you missed them," Racela said.
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