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SMC coaches to have an encore against Gilas for All-Star Week


San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria, Magnolia Hotshots mentor Chito Victolero, and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel strategist Tim Cone will once again coach in the mid-season classic.

The trio is once again set to call the shots for the three All-Star teams competing against Gilas Pilipinas in the All-Star Week games.

All three coaches earned the right of a return trip to the All-Star week based on their respective team’s finish during the Philippine Cup, which Austria and the San Miguel Beermen won for a record fourth straight season.

Unlike last year, Austria switch places this time as they bid to put one over the national squad during the mid-season spectacle which counts on Phoenix Fuel with Phoenix Pulse Technology as major sponsor.

Cone gets a first crack against the members of the national pool as he handles the Mindanao selection that battles the Philippine side on May 23 in Davao.

Austria and the Luzon squad follow next on May 25 in Batangas City, before Victolero and the Visayas team get their turn on May 27 in Iloilo City to cap the five-day celebration also supported by Peak sports apparel.

Last year, only Victolero did better out of the three coaches under the same tournament format as the Mindanao selection managed to hold the national pool team to a draw, 114-all.

Both Austria (Luzon) and Cone (Visayas) went home empty-handed after absorbing a 122-111 and 125-112 beating, respectively.

This year, Cone will have at his disposal a guard-heavy starting lineup composed of Barangay Ginebra player Scottie Thompson, and the Magnolia trio of Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, and Peter June Simon, with Blackwater’s Mac Belo as the sole big man in the middle.

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The stint with the Mindanao team also marks as a reunion for Cone with Barroca and Simon, with who he won four titles — including a grand slam in 2014 while still coaching the Hotshots.

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