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    Leo Austria's wife expects sleepless night for San Miguel coach after Game One heartbreak

    Jan 7, 2015
    Ana Austria with children Bacon, Jed and Lea wait for the San Miguel Beer coach to emerge from the dugout at the end of the Game One loss to Alaska. Snow Badua

    Leo Austria is one hardworking coach, and he is even more passionate after a loss.

    And after San Miguel Beer's heartbreaking 82-88 setback to the Alaska Aces in Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup finals, Austria's wife Ana gave Spin.ph an idea on how her husband will spend the next few hours.

    "Sigurado magpupuyat na naman si Leo nito," said Mrs. Austria in a chat with Spin.ph while waiting for the San Miguel coaching staff to finish their post game meeting.

    The former Ana Sulit said she expects her husband to pre-occupy himself reviewing the video of the game, trying to dissect every single detail in a bid to turn things around in Game Two on Friday.

    "Kakain lang kami ng dinner ngayon ng mga bata. Pagkatapos niyan, I'm sure puro video na ng game ang aasikasuhin niyan," said Ana, who was with kids Bacon, Jed and Lea outside the SMB dugout.

    "Sa bahay ganun lagi ginagawa ni Leo, he will review the game. Tapos gagawa siya ng practice notes. Yun ang i-implement niya sa practice kinabukasan. Lalo pa ngayon, masakit ang talo nila," she said.

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    Mrs Austria also shared how her husband would be buried in notes, reviewing the game like a scientist finding a cure for cancer.

    "Ganun si Leo, he will watch, rewind, pause the video tapos nagsusulat siya ng nga notes niya. Minsan nga nakakatulog na ko tapos magigising ako, nanunuod pa rin," Mrs. Austria said.

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    "Mas lalo siguro ngayon kasi talo sila tapos masakit dahil they led pa by as much as 22 points, nawala nang ganun ganun," said the former University of Santo Tomas stunner.

    The mother of Blackwater Elite guard Bacon Austria declared how her husband would feel the pain of every loss, but would never show his frustrations at home.

    "Si Leo pag natalo, malungkot 'yan. Pero never niya dinadala sa bahay lalo na sa trato niya sa mga anak yung talo niya," she said.

    The 2013 ABL champion coach, she said, was greatly influenced by the coaching style and dedication of former national coach Ron Jacobs. Austria was a back-up guard in the Philippine Youth team which Jacobs led to the Asian title back in 1982.

    "Si coach Ron ang inspirasyon ni Leo eh. Remember lumaro siya under him noong Youth Team. Wala talaga siyang formal schooling sa pagco-coach pero I am proud of his achievements," Mrs. Austria said.

    "He always wants to win. Syempre he hates losing. It shows naman with most of the teams he handled. Kulang sa talent pero he squeezes out the best in each of them," she said.

    "Hindi siya naging ganun ka-successful sa kanyang unang stint sa PBA kasi hindi ganun ka-talent laden mga una niyang na-handle, pero he did wonders for them," she said of Austria, who once coached Shell and Welcoat in the PBA and the underrated Adamson Falcons in the UAAP.

    Asked if Austria can steer the talent-laden San Miguel Beermen to their first championship since the 2011 Governors' cup, the proud wife sounded optimistic.

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    Austria won his only PBA championship as a player with Shell in the walkout-marred 1990 First Conference finals against Anejko Rum (now Ginebra).

    "Of course, I believe in Leo. He will try to find ways," she said.

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    Ana Austria with children Bacon, Jed and Lea wait for the San Miguel Beer coach to emerge from the dugout at the end of the Game One loss to Alaska. Snow Badua
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