PBA: Coach Leo sees no reason why Beermen should be ashamed after early exit
Philip Matel on Nov 07, 2018 11:11 PM
For coach Leo Austria, there's no crying over spilled milk, calling the 2017-18 PBA campaign a rousing success.
The season is over for the dynastic San Miguel Beermen.
Just like last year, they once again have a quarterfinals exit in the Governors' Cup, this time at the hands of the Alaska Aces, who have never won against coach Leo Austria until now.
Call it an underwhelming season, but the reality is they're still a good team. MVP frontrunner June Mar Fajardo was unavailable for the majority of the final conference, but returned in time to virtually secure his fifth straight MVP award, the most in history.
For Austria, there's no crying over spilled milk, calling the 2017-18 PBA campaign a rousing success.
"You win some, you lose some. But I’m still proud of the team. Kasi in the last 4 years, 12 conferences, we’ve been in the Finals 7 times, and won 6 championships. I think we have nothing to be ashamed of."
The Beermen dipped to as low as a 2-4 record this season and AZ Reid to injury, before enlisting the services of spitfire scorer Kevin Murphy and getting import-like performances from #1 Christian Standhardinger to gather themselves and end up with a sixth-place finish.
Snipers Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot, along with Standhardinger were called for Gilas duty, and that left the team missing key players in some parts of the conference.
The four-time PBA Coach of the Year is not blaming that, but said that it had played a part in their preparation moving forward.
"Well, I think everybody’s expecting us that we’ll get into the next round. We failed to do it. Congratulations to Alaska. They are deserving to win this quarterfinals."
Now that the season is over, the team will be zeroing in on defending the Philippine Cup title, gunning for their fifth straight plum next season.
Before that, five of coach Leo's players will be suiting up the nation's tricolors, namely Lassiter, Cabagnot, Standhardinger, Fajardo, and Arwind Santos.
Those five will practice for the squad, and will fight for the coveted 12 slots.
Also in their minds for next year is how to improve through the draft.
"We will try to improve our team dahil nowadays, every team in the PBA keeps on improving and improving and we could not be overconfident dahil alam natin na a lot of people are telling us, the All-Filipino is our conference."
"Of course, those four All Filipino championships are already in the past."
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