‘Constructing a tradition’: Return to the finals simply the beginning for TNT, says Chot Reyes



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MANILA, Philippines — The semifinals collection between San Miguel and TNT within the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup pitted two titans of the league towards one another with two of the brightest teaching minds utilizing outsized human beings as chess items.

In the long run, it was Chot Reyes’ Tropang Giga who took the collection in seven video games and they’re now wanting so as to add one other championship of their trophy room.

Left to observe the finals matchup between TNT and Magnolia is Leo Austria, who owns eight of San Miguel’s 27 titles.

Reyes stated that whereas his teaching duel with Austria was among the many foremost attraction within the collection, the matchup was nonetheless in regards to the gamers ultimately.

“I didn’t take a look at it as me versus coach Leo. It was TNT vs San Miguel. It was an honor for me and it was Chris Ross, I feel, whom I advised that it was a privilege teaching towards coach Leo. If there was a Sport 8, I’m certain they’d make changes and kick our butts once more,” stated Reyes after TNT’s 97-79 Sport 7 win Sunday at DHVSU Health club in Bacolor, Pampanga.

“It wasn’t between me and Leo, it was San Miguel versus TNT, and for now this collection, I feel the higher staff received because the collection rating will present. However I do know we’ll see one another once more sooner or later, we’ll have these battles as soon as once more.”

Again within the finals

TNT didn’t simply make the Philippine Cup Finals for the second straight season, it was additionally the primary time that Reyes will likely be within the championship spherical after almost a decade.

Reyes didn’t coach within the PBA for 9 years after he left the TNT bench in 2012 to focus on his duties as Gilas Pilipinas’ chief tactician.

He solely made his means again to the Tropang Giga firstly of the 2021 season, and Reyes stated that being within the finals in his first yr again is simply the beginning of his new life with the membership.

“Being within the finals is nice, that’s the target of each coach within the league, however once I accepted the job we’re wanting on the lengthy sport,” stated Reyes. “We’re attempting to construct a tradition. We’re happy with the custom, however every little thing up to now now not exists for this new tradition we’re creating.”

Reyes was already a four-time champion when he joined TNT in 2006 and it was throughout his tenure that the membership turned a league establishment because the Tropang Giga almost accomplished a Grand Slam in 2011, solely to lose the Governors’ Cup to, as destiny had it, San Miguel.

“Moving into the finals is nice, however we simply wish to be higher. It’s actually that form of mindset, we wish to get higher within the finals.”


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