Far Eastern University coach Olsen Racela talked on Wednesday about how the Tamaraws have battled through adversity the whole season.On Sunday, their uphill climb continues as they take on defending champion Ateneo in the other half of the UAAP Final Four, needing no less than a win to stay alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Azkals shoot for semifinal slot in Jakarta “The 2018 team has to stand on its own. We’re not going to win or lose because of what happened in 2017.” —DENISON REY A. DALUPANGSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ But that familiarity, Racela believes, affords his squad no advantage.“Last year, they didn’t have (Angelo) Kouame,” he said. “That’s the source of our headache.”The Blue Eagles, who finished the elimination round with a 12-2 record, have found a new weapon in Kouame.The Ivorian center, who finished second to UP’s Bright Akhuetie in the Most Valuable Player race, is the biggest reason why the Eagles have been such a force all season.Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, for his part, stressed that this year’s cast of Eagles should stand on its own merits, saying that the “defending champion” tag is just that: a tag.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. with an Ateneo win sending the Eagles back to the best-of-three Finals against the winner of the Adamson-UP series.The Maroons, incidentally, forged a decider in their side of the semifinals after a 73-71 win on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Ateneo is a very tough team,” Racela said of his Alma Mater. “It always brings back [memories of] last year’s Final Four.”This match-up will mark the fourth straight year that the Tams and Eagles are meeting in the semifinals.