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    Sitting pretty in finals, SMB coach Austria hopes TNT-Ginebra playoff goes the distance

    Jun 16, 2017

    LEO Austria couldn't care less which between TnT Katropa and Barangay Ginebra his San Miguel Beer team will meet in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

    He just wanted to get a shot at either of the two teams which dealt the Beermen the only losses they had in the elimination round.

    "Kahit sino sa kanila, welcome kami," said Austria after San Miguel booked a finals berth in the mid-season tournament by finishing off Star, 109-102, in Game 4 on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    "Either of the two is a tough team. They're the only teams to beat us in the eliminations."

    [See SMB fuels talk of grand slam after reaching finals again]

    The Texters lead the Kings in the other semifinals pairing, 2-1, with Game 4 set Saturday at the Astrodome.

    Austria, in the finals for the fifth time with the Beermen, would love to see the other semis series go the distance in order to give his Beermen ample time to rest going to the best-of-seven finals.

    "I hope humaba pa yun," he said. "Kung maaari nga isang linggo pa sila."

    Game 1 of the title series begins on Wednesday.

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