PBA legend Olsen Racela is new FEU Men’s Basketball team head coach

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Coach Olsen Racela played in the PBA for 18 years before retiring in 2011. (Photo by Paul Ryan Tan)

 

Far Eastern University is pleased to announce the appointment of Rodericko “Olsen” Racela as the new head coach of the FEU Men’s Basketball Team.

Olsen had a distinguished 18 year playing career in the PBA, winning 9 titles with Purefoods and San Miguel as well as being a five time mythical team member.

He was also the head coach of the Energen Philippine youth basketball team from 2011-2012 and the Petron Blaze Boosters in the PBA from 2012-2013. Currently, he serves as an assistant coach to Tim Cone with Barangay Ginebra.

Olsen will take over from his brother Nash Racela, who had a successful 4 year stint with the Tamaraws. Nash will remain as a consultant to the FEU basketball program.

Let’s give our support to Coach Olsen and the Tamaraws as we prepare for the 80th season of the UAAP.

THANK YOU, BE BRAVE TAMARAWS 2016

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(Prof. Ed Garcia is FEU Diliman consultant on the formation of scholar athletes)

Our season ended in overtime, with a heartbreak loss to Ateneo.  But, the way we played and the way we all gave our best till the dying seconds will long be remembered.

We proved the doubters wrong.  We may not have had the most talented team in the league, man for man.  But we certainly were the most spirited and we showed this in our defensive game, in the way we fought for the rebounds, chased every ball and made every effort to score.

Sports in FEU tradition has always been about building character.  It is not so much whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.  What is important is to play one’s best, and learn to win with humility, and lose with grace.

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There is one other thing:  Tamaraws are resilient.  We know how to bounce back from defeat. When we lost the finals to NU, the next year we returned with a vengeance and won the championship in epic style – with big hearts and a magnificent team.

This year, two of our team-mates leave us: our team captain, Raymar Jose, and Monbert Arong.  We thank them for their service and leadership through example.  To the rest of the team: you have achieved much, in fact, more than most expected, and we thank you and congratulate you all.

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To Coach Nash, Sirs Mark and Anton (who oversee the university’s sports program) and the entire coaching and support staff who guided us with patience and wisdom, with warmth and humanity – our boundless thanks.

It is now December, and we all deserve a break, to rest and recover.  But remember, it is now day 1 of the team-in-formation.  Here are some thoughts for the holidays:

 

  1.  Refocus on the Studies:  Get good grades, for they qualify you for the next season.
  2.  Remember Family/Friends:  Thank them for their love and support.  They had your back the whole season; return their love.
  3.  Exercise, and Keep Fit:  Exercise so that you keep improving your stamina and strength.  You can’t let go.  Keep fit, all the time.  Rest well, sleep regularly, eat healthy.  Retain your fighting weight. Jog, do long runs, and speed runs.
  4. Practice Your Shots:  Foul throws make a difference, develop a comfortable sequence, where you breathe first, relax and throw.  Take lay-up shots, jumpshots, three point shots from every angle till you make at least three out of every four shots. A hundred shots a day help you develop “memory muscles” and pin-point accuracy.  Practice makes perfect.
  5. Be Mindful Athletes:  At the start of the year, we talked about the meaning of mindfulness.  We aimed to become mindful athletes – reduce turnovers, concentrate on every possession and improve our shooting percentage.  Remember to breathe at the beginning and end of everyday, every meal, and during breathing breaks while we play the beautiful game.  Develop mindfulness, and become mindful athletes.
  6.  Retain Your Sense of Humor:  We take our games seriously, but remember it is just a game.  Keep our perspective, and keep our sense of humor.  Learn to laugh at ourselves and our frailties.  When a game is over, life awaits. What we learn on or off the court, will serve us well in life!
  7.  Pray, and Pray for Each Other:  In every game, we prayed as a team and prayed for each other.  It is not only a ritual or a habit.  It is something we do because we are truly grateful for all our blessings, and we always need our Lord’s guidance, His love and forgiveness.

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May all the blessings of the birth of the Christ Child be with you and your family during the holiday season and the coming year.

 

Be Brave!

 

Ed Garcia

1 December 2016

Tireless FEU captain Jose earns UAAP Mythical 5 selection

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Far Eastern University Men’s Basketball team captain Raymar Jose has been named to the UAAP Season 79 Mythical 5. The hardworking senior had a total of 53.6429 statistical points and his season averages are 11.1 points, 11 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He was the main anchor of the Tams’ strong run this year.

Jose was the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week in the third week of October.

While FEU was unable to defend the UAAP title, the Jose-led Tamaraws exceeded expectations as they narrowly missed this year’s UAAP Finals despite losing the core of the FEU UAAP Season 78 Champion team. He exploded for 20 points and 23 rebounds when the Tams’ forced a deciding game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the recent UAAP Final Four.

Many believe Raymar, who idolized NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, is already a top prospect for teams in the Philippine Basketball Association given his strong performance in the last three UAAP seasons. He plans to join the 2017 PBA Draft.

“My basketball career doesn’t end here. I hope I can still improve,” he said in his post-game interview after FEU was eliminated.

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Being a tireless worker in practice and in games made him the unanimous choice of his teammates to fill the leadership void left by UAAP Season 78 Finals MVP Mac Belo, who is now in the PBA.

In the shadows of FEU’s stars in recent years, Raymar Jose’s landmark performance in UAAP Season 79 made him more than deserving to be called a King Tamaraw.

“Raymar has leadership and I hope he brings it over wherever he goes,” according to FEU Head Coach Nash Racela.

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Being an athlete didn’t stop Palma from excelling in her studies

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Remy Palma was launched into mainstream popularity when she and Mika Reyes went at it in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament. During the semifinals matchup between Palma’s Far Eastern University and Reyes’ De La Salle University, the Lady Tamaraw matched up the Lady Spikers’ intensity and swagger with good old-fashioned mind games.

For every Reyes taunt, there was a resounding Palma counter.

Palma, though, wasn’t just pissing off one of UAAP’s most feared middle blockers, she was also doing it with scientific precision. A Psychology major in FEU, Palma has found an avenue to release what she learned and Reyes just happened to be in front of her.

Palma may have lost the series to Reyes and eventual champions Lady Spikers but on Saturday, the FEU captain got the UAAP equivalent of a scholastic medal—the Athlete Scholar award given to players who not only excel inside the court but also in the classroom.
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Six Tamaraws serve as pillars of Gilas Cadets in SEABA tilt

 

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The mission isn’t over yet for the UAAP champions.

Following a successful collegiate campaign, the key cogs of Far Eastern University will now be tasked to form the core of the Philippine national basketball team in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup.

UAAP Finals MVP Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Ken Holmqvist, Raymar Jose, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia will once again be relied on by head coach Nash Racela to bring home a championship.

They won’t come to battle just by themselves, however, with PBA rookies and Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario as well as collegiate standouts Kevin Ferrer, Jiovani Jalalon, Von Pessumal, and Jonas Tibayan also flanking them.

The Stankovic Cup serves as the qualifier for the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge. Only the top two teams that will emerge from the tournament from May 20 to 28 in Bangkok, Thailand will qualify.

Competing against the Filipinos will be host country Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Originally published in ABS-CBN Sports

Lady Tams clinch 3rd seed after dramatic win over Adamson

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Safe to say Far Eastern University earned the third seed the hard way.

The Lady Tamaraws once again figured in an intense matchup against the Adamson Lady Falcons before finding a way to win a 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 28-26 decision in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament at the San Juan Arena Wednesday.

After giving up a 5-0 run late in the fourth set, the Lady Tamaraws saved five set points before Jerrili Malabanan gave FEU the win with a service ace, 28-26.

The Lady Tamaraws ended their regular season with four straight wins for a 9-5 record and a second straight trip to the Final Four.

“At least na-reach na namin yung number 3,” head coach Shaq Delos Santos said. “Thank you kay God kasi sobrang di niya kami pinabayaan, wala akong masabi.”

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Lady Tamaraws take solo third after rout of Adamson
FEU earns Final Four in wild finish against Adamson
FEU Lady Tamaraws clinch No. 3 spot in semis with thrilling win over Adamson Lady Falcons

FEU outlasts NU, grabs solo 4th

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Far Eastern University momentarily took solo fourth in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament as it squeezed past National University 27-25, 25-17, 22-25, 26-28, 15-10, Saturday at Philsports Arena.

Jaja Santiago tried to salvage the match for the Lady Bulldogs with a powerful middle hit, 14-10, but her next play saw her touch the net giving the Lady Tamaraws the win and a 6-5 record.

FEU came into the match in a tie with NU and University of Santo Tomas. The Golden Tigresses have a chance to share the fourth spot with the Lady Tamaraws if they beat defending champion Ateneo later.

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Embattled FEU football teams aim to surge in Round 2

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Two games, two wins. In a league like the UAAP where every win is valuable, to get two straight wins against the league’s cellar dwellers is welcome for a top contender who has been struggling this season. Straight from their trashing of the University of the East Red Warriors, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws delivered another rout, this time at the expense of the Adamson Soaring Falcons.

The Tamaraws defeated the Soaring Falcons, 4-0, with goals from Paolo Bugas (penalty 10′), Rico Andes (14′ & 68′), and Audie Menzi (90+1′) to secure three important points.

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Lady Tamaraws gain vital victory in heated clash against Lady Maroons

Winless after two games, the reigning champions FEU Lady Tamaraws have finally found their rhythm back in time as they went against an opponent they really like to beat.

A sensational Sharmine Siaotong strike 14 minutes into the game settled an intense encounter between FEU and the UP Lady Maroons, which ended 1-0, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium.

This outcome meant that two trends came to an end on Sunday night. The Lady Tamaraws squashed their two-game losing skid while the Lady Maroons’ winning run stops at two. As a result, FEU goes level on points with Ateneo and UST. All three teams have three points to their tally, with FEU owning the second best goal difference among the three.

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Bautista’s golden run highlights Tamaraw tracksters’ UAAP six-peat

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FEU Track and Field senior Clinton Kingsley Bautista shared that the dominant performance of the FEU Men’s Track and Field team in the UAAP Season 78 Athletics tournament came as expected but his winning the Most Valuable Player award was a complete surpise.

This is FEU’s sixth-straight title and 11th in 12 years.

Bautista was a gold medalist in the 100m, 110m hurdles, 4x100m and 400m hurdles and placed second and third in the 400m and 200m events, respectively.

“I still can’t believe I won the 100m and 400m hurdles because those are not my main events and barely trained for those. As adviced by my coach, I just stayed within striking distance of the leaders and gave my all in the final moments,” he said.

In the four-day event, the wards of Head Coach Dario De Rosas finished with 394.5 points, while UST and UP finished second and third at 287 and 213.5 points, respectively.

MVP Clinton Bautista with 4 golds and 1 silver and ROY Kirk Bacas with 1 gold 1 silver 1 bronze with our coaches

Kirk Cire Bacas was named Rookie of the Year after winning the gold in the Triple-Jump and silver in the Long Jump.

Other Tamaraws who won gold medals are Johnwel Quitain in Shot put and Mark Ian delos Santos in the Decathlon. The team of Bautista, Delos Santos, Jerwen Ebcas and William Galceran won the gold in the 4X100 relay.

The biggest challenge faced by the team was the uncertain schedule of the games because this disrupted the flow of their training.

“The tournament was moved from December 2015 to February 2016. We were conscious to not overtrain and get injured,” said Bautista.

Although Bautista along with five other Tamaraws are graduating from the team, he is confident the title will be defended in the years to come. Last year’s MVP Janry Ubas is expected to return to the team.

“We will still be strong in the jumping and long distance events but we might be weaker in the sprints. We have a lot strong players waiting for their turn to compete,” summed Bautista.

Rookies shine for Lady Tam Tracksters in UAAP

FEU Women’s Track and Field head coach Roselyn Hamero said she was very pleased with how her team performed in the UAAP Season 78 Athletics tournament despite finishing second again to University of Santo Tomas.

FEU was champion for 10 straight years starting in 2004 but the streak ended last year.

“We improved in our medal tally. We only won two golds last year but this season we won five and most of them came from our rookies,” she said.

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Highlighting their campaign was the record breaking performance of rookie Joy Garcia in the shot put event. Garcia posted a record throw of 12.35m to win the gold medal.

“That was special because Joy broke the record made by a former FEU teammate of mine 19 years ago,” said Coach Rose.

The team’s other gold medal winners are Joida Gagnao, who won the 300m steelplechase, Kaylene Mosqueda, who won the High Jump, Mary Lyn Avila, who won 400m hurldes and Evalyn Palabrica, who won the Javelyn event.

Considering that she has the strongest throwers in the field, Coach Rose shared that her priority now is to recruit and develop new runners to compete in UAAP Season 79.

“We can be champion again as long as the athletes have the motivation, passion and heart to win not only for themselves, but for the FEU team,” she said.

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Lady Tams rebound with sweep of NU

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BERNADETH Pons shone as Far Eastern University downed an off-sync National University, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, to claim solo hold of third place in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Pons scattered all of her 18 points from spikes and collected 15 digs while getting a lot of help from Toni Rose Basas, who fired five service aces to finish with 16 points,as the fired up Lady Tamaraws got the needed bounce back win.

FEU improved at 4-3 heading into the critical second round, keeping within eyesight of leaders Ateneo (6-1) and De La Salle (5-1), which is a good sign for coach Shaq delos Santos. Also solid for FEU is libero Ria Duremdes, who continued to prove as an able replacement for defensive specialist Tin Agno, as the rookie collected 11 digs and tallied eight excellent receptions.

“I’m sure mararating niya yung pagiging Tin Agno. Ngayon pa lang nakikitaan siya ng potensiyal,” said Delos Santos on Duremdes.

Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor had 12 points apiece while Jorelle Singh tossed in 10 hits for NU.

The 6-foot-5 Santiago, however, was a big letdown in the frontline, as Lady Tamaraws middle hitter Remy Palma had more blocks than the entire Lady Bulldogs squad, 4-2.
Aside from Basas, Jerrili Malabanan was solid in the service zone, hitting two of FEU’s eight aces.

In men’s play, Far Eastern University toppled De La Salle, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, for its fourth win in six outings. Greg Dolor had four blocks for a 19-point effort for the Tamaraws.