Austria turns emotional after Beermen get win for his ailing wife
Paul Lintag on Mar 06, 2018 07:47 PM
Coach Leo Austria turned emotional Tuesday after the San Miguel Beermen advanced to the semifinals of the Philippine Cup. Coach Leo's wife underwent kidney transplant the day prior.
Despite winning to advance to yet another semifinal appearance, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria was not in his usual jolly mood Tuesday as he made his post-game press conference at the Mall of Asia Arena.
No one can blame him though as he went to coach the Beermen while his wife is in the hospital.
Mrs. Austria underwent kidney transplant Monday night.
"First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife. She's been under... she undergone a kidney transplant," coach Leo said.
"But thank you Lord, very successful operation for her, and I know she's watching right now," he added.
Austria said that he received a call earlier from the doctor saying that his wife is now doing well.
And the reigning three-time coach of the year made sure to send his appreciation to all those that helped his wife through this trying time.
"This afternoon I was told by the doctor na everything is okay and now she's in the recovery room. Very successful, and thank you sa mga doctor, especially wife of Rommel Adducul, who helped us a lot, going to the kidney transplant," he said.
"This afternoon I was told by the doctor na everything is okay and now she's in the recovery room. Very successful, and thank you sa mga doctor, especially wife of Rommel Adducul, who helped us a lot, going to the kidney transplant," Austria added.
As the Beermen needed only one game to take down rival TNT to make it to the next round, Austria also made sure to express his gratitude to his team for always having his back.
"Thank you San Miguel, especially my players, for giving me this win. Thank you," the Beermen.
The Beermen made sure as well not to disappoint their champion coach.
"Ginagawa namin siyang inspirasyon. Dahil hindi lang naman siya ang nalugar sa ganyang sitwasyon, pati ako dumaan na rin sa sitwasyon na yan," Arwind Santos said.
If you recall, Arwind's mother collapsed during a San Miguel-TNT game back in 2015. She sadly passed away a year later.
"Kailangan lang namin lakasan ang kalooban namin. Hindi naman kasi namin mako-control kung ano nangyayari sa mundo, sa atin. Kapag may nangyari, wala kang ibang choice kun'di magdasal na lang," he added.
Ultimately, this win was for coach Leo and his family.
"We really wanted to just play for him and his family. We know that he had a heavy heart and he hasn''t been getting much sleep. He's been with us at practice every day, hasn't complained about it, hasn't brought it up, hasn't mentioned it," guard Chris Ross said.
"We really wanted to go out there and play hard and try to get that win for the Austria family," he added.
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