The final eight minutes for San Miguel should have been the perfect time to seize the opportunity after Globalport import Malcolm White got the boot following his second technical foul.
Instead, they let the feisty Batang Pier take the reins and stole the game with a 98-94 victory, and a good outlook at the Commssioner's Cup playoff picture.
For veteran Arwind Santos, the time is now for them to get frantic and take control of a spot between third to sixth place, since they are unlikely to get a twice-to-beat advantage and would like to avoid a disadvantage.
After the ejection of White, it seems that the defending champions got too complacent and let their confidence get ahead of them as they fell to a 3-4 record.
"Kaya rin medyo nahabol nung dulo at mas maganda ang nilaro nila kasi mas pursigido sila manalo. May gustong patunayan kasi walang import, mas challenge sa kanila yun. Problema yun nga, bawat isa sa amin bumitaw," the former league MVP said after the game.
Due to the loss, which was for the first victory for Globalport against the Beermen since the 2016 Governors' Cup, the forward added that the loss will serve as a wake-up call for them moving forward.
"Marami na kaming pinagdaanan and I know babalik kami ng mas malakas dahil natalo kami. Panghihinayang lang kasi maraming nagexpect nung nawala ang import, natalo pa. Ganun talaga. Importante, hindi nasisira ang tiwala namin sa isa;t isa kahit anong mangyari."
As for Santos, who just celebrated his 37th birthday last Sunday, all he wants is the ideal position, not too high at first or second nor too low at seventh or eighth.
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