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    Tough ABL schedule will test Beermen's resolve

    Apr 5, 2013
    San Miguel coach Leo Austria hopes to steer his team to its seventh straight victory when the Beermen take on the Singapore Slingers on Saturday. Jerome Ascano

    SAN Miguel Beer’s resolve will be put to a test as the Beermen embark on a grueling schedule of six games in only three weeks in the Asean Basketball League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    The Beermen open a two-game homestand against Singapore at 4 p.m. on Saturday, looking to extend their winning streak to seven games and improve their 9-3 win-loss record.

    San Miguel and Singapore meet again on April 13 before the Beermen go on the road against the Saigon Heat on April 17, hurry back home to host the Malaysia Dragons two days later, get back on the road to face Thailand on April 24 and return to Manila for a game against the Heat just three days later.

    SMB has won the last three matchups with Singapore, but the Slingers are on a high after a 91-77 win over the Saigon Heat on the road on March 31.

    Prior to the victory, the Slingers lost six straight games including two against the Beermen.

    But San Miguel coach Leo Austria said he will ensure that the Beermen will not be complacent against the Slingers, who are in fourth place with a 5-9 win-loss slate going into their fourth encounter.

    “’Yung complacency, laging andoon… Ako ay naniniwala na lahat ng team ay may kakayahan na talunin ang bawat team,” said Austria.

    “Ang kalaban namin ay ’yung sarili namin,” said Austria.

    In preparation for the grueling stretch, the Beermen, who last played on March 24 in a 68-61 win over the Slingers, rested for the entire Lenten holiday, then went back to training on Monday.

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    “Malaki ang paniwala ko na kung lahat ay magtatrabaho, kaya naming talunin lahat ng teams. Ganoon ako ka-confident sa kanila,” said Austria.

    The Beermen will also be honoring their former coach Bobby Parks, who passed away last Saturday due to cancer, by wearing a ‘22’ patch on their uniforms, the jersey number of the seven-time PBA Best Import.

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    San Miguel coach Leo Austria hopes to steer his team to its seventh straight victory when the Beermen take on the Singapore Slingers on Saturday. Jerome Ascano
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