DESPITE falling short of making the finals and defending its PBA Governors Cup crown, San Miguel still overachieved in a season that saw the franchise turn in the greatest comeback ever in the league annals.
Coach Leo Austria said winning the season-opening Philippine Cup in remarkable fashion, and then making the semifinals of the two other conferencess were proof enough of the Beermen’s consistency as one of the elite teams in the pro league today.
“If you will see the drafting, kami pa rin ang nasa ilalim, and that means we performed well among the 12 teams in the PBA right now,” said Austria as he tried to look at the bigger picture after the franchise’s season came to an end on Tuesday night after 92-117 loss to Ginebra.
Austria quickly pointed out how San Miguel was able to extricate itself from a deep 0-3 hole in the all-Filipino finals and sweep the last four games of the best-of-seven series to deny Alaska the championship.
The comeback popularly immortalized as ‘Beer-acle’ made the team the only one to achieve it in the 41-year history of the PBA.
Last season’s Coach of the Year also made mention of the Beermen’s exploits of making the Final Four of both the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cup, respectively.
“I’m still proud of my team,” said Austria while looking back at the entire 41st season.
The former PBA player said even the best can't win them all.
“Hindi naman natin kayang ipanalo yan lahat. Nanalo tayo, natatalo tayo,” he said of what he told the Beermen inside the dugout shortly after the game.
“The important thing is we have to be united and intact pa rin tayo.”