Racela leans on faith as KaTropa march to PBA finals | Sports, News,


MANILA, Philippines — TNT head coach Nash Racela had a totem going into Game Four of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis series against Barangay Ginebra.

And for 48 minutes, he clung to it—held on to it dearly up until the moment he delivered a victorious post-game presser–after he and his team slayed the Kings. 

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It was something that he needed to maintain a razor-sharp focus with a partisan crowd breathing down his nape. It was something that provided him comfort. It was something that gave him hope.

Hope that this time, they won’t blow a semifinal series lead. Hope that this time he sees this saga through.

“The whole game, I had this with me—my note. It’s just two things [on it]: number one, ‘Not the numbers that matter, but the Lord’s hand in favor of us,’” he shared. “The other thing that says here, ‘In the Lord’s presence, there’s fullness of joy.’” 

“I know we’re going into this game facing a Ginebra crowd and lahat nung favor is on them. But it’s the Lord’s favor that matters,” Racela explained. “I feel today—just us keeping our focus, and our composure that really helped us a lot today. “

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KaTropa’s composure was indeed tested as the conference top-seed Barangay Ginebra, who were neck-and-neck with them for three quarters, threatened to pull away in the final frame.

“The whole game, especially when Ginebra was making a run in the third quarter, it’s all that I was thinking. I know that it’s always the Lord who has control over everything,” the first-year TNT coach explained.

“I know that it’s always the Lord who has control over everything,” Racela continued. “He’s sovereign.”

“Kaya dun sa game, alam ko, as long as we do the right things, we commit to things that we really need to do, good things will happen. And in the end, we survived Ginebra,” he closed.

TNT will lock horns with an offensively potent San Miguel squad for the Commissioner’s Cup championship starting Wednesday at the Big Dome.

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