Looks like the San Miguel Beermen did not rest on their 'lauriat'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 11, 2018 11:27 PM
Looks like San Miguel did not rest on their 'lauriat'
Indeed, San Miguel was not yet done after winning Game 1

After handily beating Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series, the first things out of San Miguel head coach Leo Austria’s mouth were a reminder that the semifinals were far from over.

“I think, in a series, it’s very important to win your first game. Kung titignan niyo yung mga stats, malaki ang chances na ang nanalo ng first game, (tutuloy) sa championship,” he told reporters last Friday.

He then continued, “But we cannot rest our lauriat.”

Yes, that’s really what Austria said - ever the entertaining interview. Check it out at the 0:11 mark of this video:

(video courtesy of PBA)

Asked about it post-game, he joked with reporters that Chowking’s sumptuous lauriat meal indeed invaded his mind right at that moment.

(video courtesy of Randolph B. Leongson, inquirer.net)

Of course, what the always amiable mentor was really saying was that the Beermen cannot be contented with one win in the race-to-four series.

In the early going of Game 2 on Sunday, it seemed as if his wards were failing to do so and were at the wrong end of the Gin Kings’ fiery start.

Yet again showing why they three-time defending champion, however, San Miguel dug deep and battled back to tie the tally at the end of regulation.

And in overtime, they proved to have the heavier shots than Ginebra, snatching away both Game 2 and a 2-0 series lead. “We thought from the start na we’re losing this game but because of the pride and the experience of the team, they didn’t want to lose because they know the importance of this game,” Austria said.

And the Beermen’s mentor only expects the same sort of determination from his boys come Game 3 on Tuesday. “2-0 is a good-morale booster para sa amin, pero Game 3 is still very important for us. We have to be ready again come Tuesday’s game,” he remarked.

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