Nash took cues from Leo Austria in finding SMB's weakness

Paul Lintag on Feb 11, 2017 09:57 PM
Nash took cues from Leo Austria in finding SMB's weakness
Leo Austria said San Miguel had a weakness. Nash Racela may have found it.

At the end of Game 1 of the San Miguel-TNT semifinal series, Beermen head coach said that his team, despite their record, remains vulnerable.

"Maraming butas na meron kami and maswerte lang kami at hindi pa nakikita nila," Austria said, talking about his team's weakness.

Taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 over the KaTropa, the reigning two-time Philippine Cup champions have won 11 straight games up to that point in the 2017 All-Filipino, tying a franchise record.

Still, the mighty Beermen have a weakness. That is according to their own coach.

"It's up to them. Makikita naman sa tape kung ano ang ginagawa. In a season, more or less you know kung anong ginagawa ng kalaban mo lahat. Nakikita yan, lahat yan naka-video. Nakikita nila yan," Austria said, implying that the key to beat San Miguel lies in actualy game footage.

Well, TNT head coach Nash Racela read about Austria's Game 1 statements and the rookie mentor spent time going through video in hopes of finding that San Miguel weakness.

While Racela is not sure if he actually found that weakness, what he discovered in his film session sort of worked as the KaTropa evened the series with an 87-85 win in Game 2 Friday, handing the Beermen only their second loss this season and their first since November 30 of last year.

"He said it's just in the video, kailangan lang daw panoorin," Racela said of Austria's post-Game 1 statement.

"Parang na-challenge ako sa sinasabi ni coach Leo mukhang hindi ko masyado ginagawa trabaho ko. So I spent more time watching video and I saw something, sana yun yung sinasabi niya na nakatago lang," he added.

With the battle of PBA flagship teams set to take a more serious turn starting in Game 3, Racela expects San Miguel to bounce back.

Because for sure, the Beermen, especially coach Leo, also takes time in watching their game tapes.

"Pretty sure they'll make adjustments, alam nila ginagawa namin. We just try to be ready again next game," Racela said.

Game 3 is set for Sunday at the Big Dome.



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