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    Leo Austria offers consoling words to former understudy Compton: 'His time will come'

    Feb 5, 2016
    Leo Austria has now beaten former assistant Alex Compton thrice in the finals. Jaime Campos

    THE victorious Leo Austria knows it’s just a matter of time before Alex Compton, his former understudy, finally scores a breakthrough championship as coach in the PBA.

    Austria offered consoling words to an obviously dejected Compton just a few minutes after San Miguel completed a rare piece of history by beating Alaska in their do-or-die encounter for the Philippine Cup championship Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

    “I congratulated him … Sabi ko sa kanya your time will come because I know he’s doing very well,” said Austria when asked what he told Compton after the Beermen became the first ever team in league history to climb back from a huge 0-3 hole in a playoff series.

    The setback marked the third time Compton lost to Austria in the finals involving both teams, including twice in the all-Filipino.

    Austria added telling to his former assistant that he was just lucky to have escaped with a win this time.

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    “Both of us are deserving to win a championship, mas masuwerte lang ako,” he added about his long talk at the sidelines with the American mentor, who served as one of his deputies when he first became a coach in the league in 2006 with Welcot (now Rain or Shine).

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    And Compton’s reply?

    “Sabi niya, no, you’re better than us,” recalled Austria of their conversation.

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    The Beermen did prove to be the better team especially in the final four games of the series, where they clawed their way back from the grave including back-to-back victories in overtime plays.

    Authoring the greatest comeback in the 41-year history of the league had been so exhausting for Austria and the Beermen that winning a third straight championship is out of their minds at the moment, even with the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup all set to kick off on Wednesday.

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    “It’s hard to think about it (winning another title),” Austria admitted. “We just want to enjoy this championship because this is a historic victory for us.”

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