THE Austria household celebrated not one but two championships in a span of a few days.
Guard Bacon Austria added another title to his growing collection on Tuesday when Blackwater Sports captured a breakthrough PBA D-League crown by stunning four-time titlist NLEX in the Foundation Cup Finals.
One day later, it’s his father’s turn to bask in the limelight as coach Leo Austria and the San Miguel Beermen captured their first-ever Asean Basketball League championship by dethroning Indonesia.
Both title victories by father and son came via sweeps.
The younger Austria said this marks the first time he and his dad celebrated a championship almost at the same time since they often found themsleves with different teams in the past, most especially in the UAAP.
“Magkalaban kasi kami (most of the time). Adamson siya, Ateneo ako,” said Bacon.
The elder Austria, who has won championships as a player in the PBA and in the PBL as a coach, admitted his son has better luck with winning league titles since his grade school days.
“Lahat ng sinalihan niya, nag-champion siya,” said the San Miguel mentor prior to the start of the ABL finals.
Meanwhile, the former Ateneo playmaker said he is proud not only for what his father accomplished, but also with the success of his former team.
“Masaya dahil bukod sa kanya (Leo Austria), galing din ako sa San Miguel. Nasa reserve ako dati,” said Bacon.
“Sakto naman may opening sa Blackwater. Nag-practice ako one week before the opening. Happy naman ako na tinanggap pa rin ako ng Blackwater.”
Bacon was also happy to become part of a champion team in the D-League after being with the Ateneo squad that established a dynasty in the UAAP.
“Lahat na ng nasalihan kong tournament at liga, nanalo na ako. Ito na lang ‘yung hinihintay ko,” said Austria.
He also considers this championship under coach Leo Isaac as very different from those he won with other teams.
“More on freelance kasi ang sistema niya pero may disiplina pa rin. Iba sa mga teams na nasalihan ko. Iba pero masaya pa rin,” said Bacon.