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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria beamed with pride after his San Miguel Beermen took care of business in a come-from-behind 115-106 victory over Blackwater Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Austria was also proud of the impeccably efficient Arwind Santos, who came off the bench and conspired with Marcio Lassiter to erase the Elite’s early lead for the Beermen’s sixth win in 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Pacquiao bout on livestream “With this win, we’re still in the hunt for the No. 3 to No. 6 spots in the quarterfinals. But a defeat against Magnolia could pull us down to seventh place, depending on the outcome of the GlobalPort-Ginebra game,” said Austria.The Batang Pier are one of the few squads that upset the Beermen and a GlobalPort victory over the Gin Kings coupled with a San Miguel loss will be costly for Austria and his troops.Ending up at seventh or eighth after the elimination round would mean needing to beat the top two teams in the quarterfinals twice to advance to the semifinals.Teams finishing third to sixth will figure in a best-of-three series before moving over to the next round.“Our next game will determine our fate in the playoffs. Just like this one (against Blackwater), we vow not to be complacent,” said Austria.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Santos finished with 23 points to lead San Miguel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Add the collective never-give-up attitude of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and import Renaldo Balkman and the reigning PBA coach of the year has little reason to worry about the coming playoffs.“We always respect the team that we play against by not taking things lightly,” said Austria. “We will maintain the same kind of focus now that the playoffs are near.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThey have to employ a similar attitude when the Beermen wrap up their elimination-round campaign against the Magnolia Hotshots on Saturday.Both teams will go into that game on the wings of victories after Magnolia trashed NLEX, 116-89, in the second game. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img

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