FEU Is Spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I’ve always liked the FEU team even before the Arwind Santos days. This is a team that really understands the game. Obviously well – coached they seldom ever hang their heads, never dwelling too long on errors or looking like they don’t belong – because plainly, they do. Amongst the elite teams in the UAAP, the FEU Tamaraws bring a tough and very high level of game year after year.

As I write this, the FEU players are headed towards their dugout – many of them with tears and their eyes. At the start of Season 71, I mentioned how I didn’t even know who they were. Today, I will never forget the names JR Cawaling, Benedict Fernandez, Mark Barroca, Robert Kave, Marlon Adolfo etc., because they played with a level of intensity I HAVE NEVER SEEN SINCE I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYMORE. Forget the NBA Finals, the UE vs. FEU game that ended a few minutes ago brought me near tears myself. It is quite plainly, the closest thing to a perfect game I’ve seen in years.

Of course it’s one thing to say that, and quite another to show stats to prove it, but unfortunately since those are still to be published in the papers tomorrow, I’m only relying on memory when I say that at one point, UE was shooting 50% and FEU an astounding 70% field goal percentage. Not only were offenses clicking, but defense was terrific as well, which is amazing for any one team, but BOTH TEAMS? AT THE SAME TIME? That is just incredible.

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My love for basketball and the PBA

I started as a Tanduay fan back in 1986 and followed the animo spirit. My father was a diehard Ramon Fernandez fanatic and naturally rooted for the Rhum Masters. I grew up loving the same team my father learned to love. What got me hooked to the game was how players like Padim Israel, JB Yango, Willie Generalao, Freddie Hubalde, Onchie de la Cruz, Ed Cordero, and Fernandez exuded great passion and resolve everytime they touch play on the hardcourt. I was amazed at how ‘El Presidente’ can make so many things on the floor some big men could only dream of doing. I feverishly tried to copy every move he made and grew even a moustache even though I was only 11 years old. ok that was a joke.
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