|Nickname||Olsen, Rah Rah|
|League||Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Team||San Miguel Beermen|
|Born|| November 1, 1970|
|College||Ateneo de Manila University|
|Former teams|| PBL: Crispa (1989), A&W Rootbeers (1990-1991), Pop Cola (1992)|
PBA: Purefoods TJ Hotdogs (1993-1996)
San Miguel Beermen (1997-present)
Rodericko Cesar Escueta Racela or Olsen Racela (born November 1, 1970 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is considered as one of the greatest point guards in the league. He is also a former member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs in the PBA, and the Philippine national basketball team on two occasions.
Olsen Racela started playing basketball early in his life. He qualified for the Ateneo High School basketball team but was regarded as a backup point guard and a bench warmer.
Racela played for the Blue Eagles in a backup role to Jun Reyes and was a member of the Blue Eagles team that won the UAAP title in 1988. He also played in the PABL (now the Philippine Basketball League and the RP Youth Team.
In 1993, Racela was selected by Purefoods in the 1993 PBA Rookie Draft. From 1993-1996, he played the backup role to Dindo Pumaren and won two titles with the Purefoods franchise under a limited role with the TJ Hotdogs.
San Miguel Beermen
In 1997, Racela moved to the San Miguel Beermen in what became the turnaround of his young career. Under new San Miguel head coach Ron Jacobs, Racela's skills were noticed under a rebuilding Beermen squad of Nelson Asaytono, Freddie Abuda and Mike Mustre.
In 1998, Racela's game would improve and was rewarded with a spot on the Tim Cone-coached Philippine Centennial Team that took home a bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. A season later, with Racela as its top point guard, San Miguel became the league's new dynasty under Jong Uichico, winning five titles from 1999-2001.
2002 Busan Asiad
He made his second stint in the national team in 2002 for the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. With Racela as point guard, the Nationals made it all the way through the semifinals against host South Korea. In the final minute, Racela scored a three-pointer to give the Philippines the lead. However, after recovering the possession and was fouled, he missed two crucial free throws that could have given the country a four-point lead. Instead, Lee Sang Min's buzzer-beating triple gave the Koreans a dramatic 69-68 victory. Some argued that the blame rest on Jong Uichico's coaching in which he didn't set out a plan to ease Racela's pressure from the 15th foot line.
Despite the missed free-throws, Racela continued to shine in his point guard duties with San Miguel. In 2004, he dished his 2,000th career assist and was the starting point guard when the Beermen won another title in the 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference.
In the ongoing 2010-2011 PBA Philippine Cup, Racela played his 900th game and continues to play as backup point guard to Alex Cabagnot and Paul Artadi for the Beermen. He is set to retire at the end of the conference. His jersey number 17 was retired on 28 January 2011 before the start of Game 3 of the Philippine Cup Finals against the Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters.
Racela's nickname was based on the day of his birth as it was during All-Saints Day.
- 1984 : Ateneo de Manila - PAYA Aspirants
- 1985 : Ateneo de Manila - PAYA Juniors
- 1986 Ateneo de Manila - UAAP Juniors
- 1987- 1992 : Ateneo de Manila - UAAP Seniors
- 1987 Asian Youth 18 years and below, Qatar
- 1989 Asian Youth ABC, Manila
- 1998 Asian Games, Thailand
- 1998 Jones Cup, Taipei
- 2002 Asian Games, Busan, South Korea
Awards and Achievements
- 1993 Mister Quality Minutes
- 1998-1999 2-time Mythical 2nd Team
- 2000 -2001 2-time Mythical 1st Team
- 2000 -2001 2-time All-Star
- 2004 21st member of 2000-Assist Club
|Philippine Centennial Team - 1998 Asian Games 1(1998 Jones Cup - 1998 Centennial Cup)|
4 Alvin Patrimonio | 5 Andy Seigle | 6 Jojo Lastimosa | 7 Dennis Espino | 8 Allan Caidic | 9 Jun Limpot | 10 Vergel Meneses | 11 E. J. Feihl | 12 Olsen Racela | 13 Marlou Aquino | 14 Johnny Abarrientos | 15 Kenneth Duremdes | Coach Tim Cone