Racela praises Beermen’s character: Hard to beat a team like them

first_imgEverything falls into place for Cabagnot, Beermen View comments What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “When we needed it the most, that’s when suddenly, they played really, really well. It’s hard to beat a team like San Miguel, you know how strong a team like San Miguel is. It’s actually us who needed to play perfectly. But that’s the character of their team, that’s why they’re the champions. When you need it the most, that’s when they suddenly play well.”The Beermen went bonkers from the get-go, with Charles Rhodes anchoring a 37-point first quarter and the snipers connecting from rainbow country where they went 12-of-29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Racela knows that San Miguel didn’t build its empire overnight as the most dominant team in the league today also went through hardships first before it could reap success.“If you look at San Miguel and where they are right now, they never got to this stage overnight. They had to undergo a lot of drama, with the Petronovela and all, and it took them years and lots of conferences before they won their championships,” he noted. “I think more than the xs and os, it was really the character of San Miguel that won them the championship.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela resigned to the fact that in Game 6, San Miguel was indeed the better team.“To tell you honestly, San Miguel played almost a perfect game today,” he said on the heels of the KaTropa’s 115-91 defeat on Sunday to surrender the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in six games.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIEScenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Despite TNT finishing as runner-up, Racela noted that the Finals experience alone should be valuable going forward for the franchise as it hopes to return to the championship-level it once was in.“We are going through the same process. We just have to remind ourselves to be patient,” he said.“Before the start of the series, a lot of people talked about us being the inexperienced team, having maybe eight or nine players without Finals experience. It won’t be the case next time because that’s something we gained today — the learnings and the experience. Again, basketball is a game of spurts, a game of runs. But when you look at San Miguel, even with us making our runs, they’re not getting rattled. That’s something we need to learn. We have young players, and once you get to that level and you know that you have to play, you have to play on.”And Racela is just thankful for the opportunity as he looks to prepare the KaTropa for another run in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.“Of course, it’s not the way we wanted it to end, but it is what it is. That’s life,” he said. “Sometimes, you plan for things, but God knows better. What’s important for us is as long as we know in our hearts, we gave it our best shot, we should be OK.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img