Following a three-game winning run, the Beermen’s immediate goal remains the same.
But their sights have now started to stray a bit toward the horizon, prompting coach Leo Austria to repeatedly give his charges reality checks.
“Okay lang na mangarap, na buhay pa kami for a top two slot,” explained Austria. “Pero we need to stay in the moment, kung ano muna nasa harapan namin.”
Austria has good reason to keep his team focused for standing right in front of SMB is GlobalPort, which is stoked by its own pressing agenda going to their collision Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Batang Pier have dropped two in a row and are now teetering on the brink of getting denied inclusion among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals following the 11-game eliminations.