Asian tourney puts SMB, TNT on course for rematch

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ San Miguel came close to a season sweep in 2017 but faltered in the season-ending conference, where it was chased off by eventual champion Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.“When you win two championships, there’s a tendency to relax and that happened to us in 2017,” Austria said. “This time, we have another chance and I hope the team has learned its lesson.”“The players don’t want to stop winning. They’re not that old and can still do it. Before, they’ve been criticized that they’re aging players but time and time again, they’ve been able to show that they can still compete with the young guys and how important experience is in winning the championship.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? LATEST STORIES The Beermen and the KaTropa—along with the Blackwater Elite—are scheduled to participate in a Macau tournament along with other ballclubs from Asia, and coach Leo Austria has made it clear they are not in it merely as tourists.“We always want to be a winner and we don’t want to go out there and get humiliated by our opponents,” Austria said on Tuesday during the team’s victory party.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe tournament will also give fans an early look at the squad that will try to win the Governors’ Cup—and a second franchise Grand Slam for San Miguel. Reinforcing the Beermen are former Columbian import Lester Prosper and Dez Wells, who will spearhead the team’s bid for the Triple Crown.“If we have the opportunity to win the title, we will certainly go for it,” Austria said. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View commentscenter_img Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Just a month after San Miguel Beer’s drama-filled conquest of TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that further added coal to the burning feud between two rival conglomerates, the two teams could be on a collision course anew.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake MOST READ And that could put San Miguel in the path of TNT, which hopes to rebound from the recent Finals loss and frustrate San Miguel’s bid for a season sweep.Joining the Philippine squads are three teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, four from Japan’s B.League and two from the Korean Basketball League.The tournament, called Terrific 12 East Asia Super League, kicks off on Sept. 17.After that, the Beermen will focus on their Governors’ Cup campaign hoping to become just the second franchise to win the Grand Slam twice, after the fabled Crispa Redmanizers.“I would just like to remind [the team of] a simple wish of mine, a Grand Slam,” said Roberto “Bobby” Huang, president of San Miguel Brewery Inc., in Filipino during the victory party.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas finally complete, thankful for friendlies vs Aussie squadlast_img read more