Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz

Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz

January 19, 2020 azwnolxx 0

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Though, San Miguel is facing a TNT side that barely made the next round, coach Leo Austria knows that getting past the KaTropa won’t be easy.“They’ve always been in the semifinals and we know how strong this team is. TNT is a championship-caliber team,” admitted Austria, who was in attendance at Araneta Coliseum when TNT crushed Phoenix, 118-97, in a knockout for the last playoff spot on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFoes as talented and experienced as the KaTropa don’t usually slide much further down the standings and an SMB-TNT matchup in the playoffs often happens from the semifinals onwards.But that’s the reality San Miguel will have to face as it begins what is shaping to be a tough journey to a fourth straight all-Filipino championship. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But Austria remains confident knowing that the Beermen, more often than not, rise to the occasion especially come playoff time.“Whenever we’re facing strong teams, our team rises to the challenge. I hope that the pride of the players will prevail and not let us down,” he said. “My team has proven itself to step up when it matters the most. I hope that it happens again in this game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City TNT’s Rosario relieved to get out with a win over Phoenix unharmed GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “I told them that the time will come when we’ll face our fellow contenders. But it just so happened that it came early with TNT placing eighth,” he said. “We’ll still treat this as a championship series.”Luckily for the Beermen, they have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Though, it would be best if San Miguel disposes of TNT right away on Tuesday.Austria believes TNT will be different from the team San Miguel beat, 88-76, in Iloilo two months ago.And a big reason for that is the addition of his former player in college Jericho Cruz, who was acquired by TNT in a trade with Rain or Shine late last month.“With Jericho Cruz, their bench got deeper. Jericho is one of the key players in any team, so for TNT to have him, Jayson Castrom and Troy Rosario, I’m really worried about this team. I think this will be a tough assignment for us,” said Austria, who coached Cruz at Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTouted as top contenders before the season started, San Miguel and TNT are set to face each other early in the playoffs when they clash in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.As expected, the Beermen finished the elimination round on top while the KaTropa had to play a pair of knockout games just to make the playoffs as the eighth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

 

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