Austria defiant ahead of game three

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San Miguel Beermen coach Leo Austria still believes that his team can defy the odds and overturn the two game deficit they are currently facing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) finals.

However, the statistics are heavily stacked against the San Miguel outfit.

In the previous 43 occasions where one team has led a PBA play-off series by two games to zero, the opposition has come back to win only six times.

Furthermore, the Beermen have claimed 21 championships. In none of those campaigns did they come back from a 0-2 score line to lift the trophy.

Despite, all this, Austria refuse to accept this year’s finals are a forgone conclusion.

“The story of the conference is not yet finish. For as long as there’s still a chance to win, we’ll not lose hope. We’ll fight in whatever situation we’re in,” the coach said ahead of Friday’s match.

The retired Filipino professional conceded that it would be a tough task without his star player, June Mar Fajardo, but felt that if his side could adapt then anything was possible.

“We need Junmar to open up our shooters. Without him, we can’t find opening for our shooters as Alaska’s defense is extended to them,” said Austria.

“Perhaps, we need a little more adjustment. And we have to keep believing that we can win without Junmar.”