Coach Leo Austria was always a step ahead against his former student Alex Compton in the last 4 games of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Austria, who spent 3 seasons with Compton at Welcoat from 2006-09, knew that Compton will try to kill them with their pressure defense in Game 7.
The Beermen spent most of their practices leading to the series finale with their press break. And it was the only play Austria wrote on their board in their locker room on Wednesday night.
“Break The Press.”
“That was my speculation, maybe they will return to their usual game because that’s what brought them a lot of wins. And it happened,” Austria told FOX Sports.
The Aces came storming back from 17 points down to start the 4th quarter and came within 5 points midway through the period.
“They almost succeeded but I kept on telling my players that this is what we’ve practiced. We just have to focus. And that saved us,” Austria said.
But in the end, the Beermen played with championship poise and nerves of steel to weather the storm en route to the franchise’s 22nd PBA title.
The unlikely championship run extended Austria’s perfect record in the PBA Finals to 3-0, curiously, all coming at the expense of Compton and the Alaska Aces.