PBA: San Miguel’s coach Leo: ‘We’re not perfect’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2018 11:11 PM
PBA: San Miguel’s coach Leo: ‘We’re not perfect’
Coach Leo Austria is no longer undefeated in the PBA Finals

Leo Austria has lost his very first Finals in the PBA.

After winning six championships in the last six times he has coached San Miguel to the championship round, Austria was at the losing end at the end of the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.

What was once a perfect 6-0 record in the Finals is now 6-1 because of Ginebra who dethroned the defending champions in six games on Wednesday.

Asked about his first experience as a losing coach in the championship round, Austria answered, “It’s a very unusual feeling dahil we never experienced this kind of loss in the Finals.”

Instead of being downtrodden, however, the multi-titled mentor chose to accept the reality that their Finals loss dawned on them. “We’re not perfect e. You win some, you lose some,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “It’s hard to maintain being on top of the mountain. Sooner or later, babagyuhin ka, babagsak ka.”

For Coach Leo, what happened today and throughout the series only proved that right now, another team wants it more than the Beermen. “Alam ko e na we’re a little bit complacent – not only the players, but everybody from the ball boys to the coaching staff,” he said.

The good news is that without a doubt, San Miguel will only get more determined after this. “This could serve as a wakeup call for us because of the hype na sinasabi na we’re a strong team. All of a sudden, there’s another team that’s emerging and playing better than us,” he said.

To do just that, though, the Beermen will have to forget that they are the San Miguel Beermen – the dynasty of current times. “First of all, kailangan alisin namin yung anim na championship namin, kailangan naming alisin yung nababasa’t naririnig namin na we’re a superteam,” he shared.

He then continued, “We have to go back to the basics. We have to prepare hard because every team in the PBA is too eager to beat San Miguel.”


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