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Two down, one to go

Leo Austria knows exactly what’s at stake but he’s trying very hard to get the thing out of his mind.

After San Miguel Beer took the first two PBA jewels of the season with ease, talk of the league’s sixth Grand Slam is now at its loudest. Austria’s battling Beermen gun for the Triple Crown starting July 19, hoping not to stumble at the last hurdle like some similarly capable teams in the past.

Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net
“For me, it would be just another tournament, another championship to be won,” says the famously voluble mentor whose Beermen blew TNT KaTropa away, 4-2, in the highly physical Commissioner’s Cup Finals recently. “That should be the team’s mindset.”

Austria acknowledges that the pressure on his Beermen will be tighter from hereon and it would be his job to get the team going at the right time. No one from among his players has been in the position to shoot for a season sweep before, even though they have dominated the last three seasons with five championships in the last eight conferences—all under him.

“I’m just blessed to have the players that I have,” Austria says.

Import Wendell McKines will shoulder part of the load for the Beermen in the Governors’ Cup, reputedly the toughest one to win—akin to winning Belmont Stakes, the terribly unpredictable final jewel in the US Triple Crown horse racing calendar.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/255563/two-one-go

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