Leo Austria beams with confidence after SMB almost won despite bad game in Lucena
Leo Austria stuck to the positives after almost escaping with a win in Lucena despite playing without three key players down the stretch. Jaime Campos

SAN Miguel coach Leo Austria was the complete opposite of his taciturn mood following the Beermen's 124-118 loss to Ginebra in Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup finals on Sunday as he was beaming with confidence after Tuesday’s practice. 

Austria politely declined an interview back in Lucena after the overtime thriller, and it was understandable, after an extended tussle that saw main man June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross fouling out, and sniper Marcio Lassiter getting the boot. 

But he was a totally different man on Tuesday during the team's practice at the Acropolis Gym in Libis Queon City, answering questions in true Austria fashion.  

"Very positive kami," said Austria, whose demeanor reflects the attitude of the Beermen as well heading into Game Three on Wednesday after almost escaping with a win in Lucena. 

"Despite yung ejection ni Marcio, na-foul out si June Mar, and bad game ng some players, tinalo na lang kami sa overtime. Breaks of the game didn't fall on us," he added. 

Austria also said he is confident his team can get back on track in the best-of-seven series that is tied at one game apiece. 

"I'm very confident sa mga players ko na kaya nilang manalo sa virtual best-of-five," he said. "We still believe na kaya naming manalo." 

Game Three starts at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the Beermen looking to regain the upper hand in the championship series.

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