Arwind on clutch three vs. Star: Kamay ng Diyos yun

Paul Lintag on Jun 13, 2017 08:01 AM
Arwind on clutch three vs. Star: Kamay ng Diyos yun
Tied at 74, Santos gave the Beermen a three-point lead with 3:47 to go after burying a clutch trey with the shotclock winding down.

For the second straight semifinals game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, a struggling superstar hit a clutch three to give his team a win.

A day after TNT's Jayson Castro buried a booming triple, his only make in the entire game, that allowed the KaTropa to hold off Ginebra in Game 1 of their series, Arwind Santos did the same for San Miguel as the Beermen tied the Star Hotshots in their own Final Four showdown Monday.

Tied at 74, Santos gave the Beermen a three-point lead with 3:47 to go after burying a clutch trey with the shotclock winding down.

It was his only basket for the game and Sand Miguel's final field goal for Game 2. It proved to be enough as the no. 2 Beermen managed to hold on for a one-point victory.

Santos, who is no stranger to making clutch threes, said the shot reminded him of the one he made back in Game 7 of the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals against the Alaska Aces.

Down by two, Santos buried the go-ahead triple for San Miguel with 43.7 seconds to go two years ago. That shot practically set up the Beermen's most latest PBA dynasty as San Miguel won the first of three straight All-Filipino championships.

"Di ko pa rin makalimutan, parang kailan lang, yung inisip ko nun yung tresy na nagpa-champions sa amin against Alaska. Kamay ng Diyos yun sabi ko nga," Santos said.

"Di nawala yung focus ko kahit alam kong wala akong contribution sa points nung time na yun. Kumbaga, ang mentality ko, kahit ilang sablay na ako, pag dumating sa point na open ako, ititira ko. Na-open ako, tapos shotclock winding down pa. God is good, kamay ng Diyos yun [kaya] kami ang nanalo," he added.

With his clutch shot allowing San Miguel to tie the series, Arwind can also heave a sigh of relief as the Beermen avoided a near insurmountable hole against the streaking Hotshots.

Going down 0-2 to Star, who came into the game as winners of eight straight games, would have been disastrous for the team.

"Sobrang laking bagay na na-tie yung series," Santos said.

"Lalo na best-of-5, kapag naunahan ka ng dalawa, parang ang lapit na nila sa finish line nun pag naka 2-0 na," he added.

 


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