By NIKOLE JAVIER
Adamson head coach Nash Racela had one thing in mind during their 64-63 escape over National University and it was to counter all the predictions counting his team out of the Final Four contention.
After three crucial straight wins, the Soaring Falcons managed to stay alive to fight for the last spot in the semis and climb 7-6 in the standings.
“Well actually, a lot of people are counting us out already probably cause they want La Salle to make it to the Final Four. I don’t know, maybe they are just creating Ateneo ‘yong number 1, La Salle number 4 for the semis. I know how people think [and] we want to counter that, it’s actually our goal. Expectation and reality are always different. So, we’ll try our best,” said Racela.
After sharing an identical 6-6 record in the standings early this week, De La Salle on the other hand, couldn’t stay on top of University of the East in overtime, 80-72.
With the turn of events, Adamson can now take a little breather as it prepares for its final elimination game against Ateneo which will determine the order of the Final Four.
However, the Green Archers could likely pull off another surprise once it sends the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers into a deeper 1-13 hole next week to improve their record and force a playoff with the Soaring Falcons.
With the possible scenarios in sight, Racela is hoping that his team will continue to deliver and complete the cast of the Final Four.
“Just like [in] every game. We just hope that our best is really our best hindi fake. Sometimes kasi they look like they are giving their best but they commit a lot of mistakes,” he concluded.