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From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Tanduay escapes Marinerong Pilipino Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship.ADVERTISEMENT Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises to the promised land when San Miguel and TNT battle in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Despite already being a veteran of four championship duels, Austria believes his team is just fortunate enough getting to this stage after a hard-fought series against Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just lucky to be here. But maybe, it was destiny smiling our way,” he said Monday in the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis.Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAustria shrugged off his unblemished 4-0 Finals record, noting that the most important thing for the Beermen will be their preparation. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals7.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “I don’t want to pressure myself. Every game, every practice, we try to prepare hard because if you prepare your body and mind, you can overcome anything,” he said.The same goes with Racela, who’d rather focus on his squad’s preparation heading into the series than obsess on the different storylines.Making his first finals appearance at TNT’s helm, the youthful mentor is downplaying the best-of-seven showdown.“We just want to take advantage of every opportunity which comes our way and we’ll do our best,” Racela said.Game 1 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img

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