Ta­ma­raws’ Racela girds for stiff ri­valry in Iloilo nat’l in­vi­ta­tional

Panay News - - SPORTS -  By Adria Stewa Co

ILOILO City – Rod­er­icko

n “Olsen” Racela is brac­ing for a tough bat­tle when the Toto Tia- Far East­ern Univer­sity Ta­ma­raws starts its cam­paign in the Iloilo Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship (INIBC) slated from April 28 to May 1 at the Po­totan Astrodome.

Racela, who re­placed his younger brother – now TNT Ka­t­ropa men­tor Nash Racela – said he is glad that the Ta­ma­raws will par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment to help build the team’s chem­istry head­ing into the UAAP.

“We ex­pect a very ex­cit­ing league since teams liga. It will

ma­g­a­gal­ing na help build our chem­istry since I

ang kasali sa am new to this team,” said Olsen, who is also part of Tim Cone’s coach­ing staff at the Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel Kings.

“Ba­si­cally, I’ m here to con­tinue what­ever Coach Nash has started. He has done a won­der­ful job for four sea­sons. I hope to con­tinue that,” added Olsen, who had a brief coach­ing stint in the PBA with the San Miguel Beer­men.

The Ta­ma­raws, the cham­pion of the UAAP Sea­son 78 men’s se­niors bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, will pa­rade its new­com­ers Hu­bert Cani, for­mer Rookie of the Year Arvin To­lentino and Jasper Parker.

Also in the Ta­ma­raws ros­ter are Kim­lee Bayquin, Bran­drey

rt Bienes, Prince Orizu, Wen­delino Com­boy, Ron Den­ni­son, Kevin Ebona, Richard Es­coto, Ale­jan­drino Inigo, Joseph Nu­nag, Ron­nel Ramirez, Alec Stock­ton, Joe Trinidad and Ken­neth Tuf­fin.

“I and Nash share the same vi­sion when it comes to men­tor­ship, guid­ing young men to be­come bet­ter play­ers, bet­ter stu­dents, and more im­por­tantly, bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als. ‘

con­tinue,” Olsen said.

“More than the bas­ket­ball side, after bas­ket­ball. We want to con­tinue

mas im­por­tante ‘yung that same pro­gram that Nash had,” he added. “Also I want to bring the de­fen­sive men­tal­ity to FEU.”

Other teams t hat will com­pete i n t he f our- day tour­na­ment are the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Ma­roons, who come from two pre-sea­son cham­pi­onships, the Col­lege of St. Be­nilde Blaz­ers, and lo­cal- en­forced Sky Cable./

PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO

San Miguel Beer­men ti­tan Charles Rhodes (0) scores on a dunk over the de­fen­sive of Star Hot­shots’ Chris Javier dur­ing their 2017 Oppo PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup match on Sun­day night.

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Far East­ern Univer­sity Ta­ma­raws power for­ward Ken­neth Tuf­fin (20) at­tempts to break past the Ate­neo Blue Ea­gles dur­ing their UAAP Sea­son 79 semis clash. FEU is set to com­pete in the lo­cal arena for the Iloilo Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Bas­ket­ball...

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