When Olsen Racela trooped to the free throw line with less than 30 seconds left in the game with the Philippines leading Korea 68-66, I thought this was a done deal. Racela after all, was one of the best free throw shooters in the country. Incredibly, he missed both. Lee Min Sang drained the blood out of everyone (myself included) when he knocked in a triple for the win, 69-68.
For today's semifinals match between the Philippines and Korea, Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Nash Racela, saved a ticket for his older brother, Olsen. But Olsen never picked up the ticket. After the Philippines ended years of frustration by beating a tough Korean team, 86-79, the Racela brothers (including youngest bro, Wally, who is now based in the United States) texted one another.
Here is a pic of those simple text messages of the brothers.
Nash: Spain it is! (airplane icon)
Tito O (Olsen): Salamat sa resbak cots! I lab u.
Wally Cel (Mwah mwah tsup tsup)
Nash: Yup. Para sayo yun!! (fist bump)