Arwind is San Miguel's unsung Finals hero
Paul Lintag on Jul 01, 2017 06:57 AM
It will be hard to overlook Santos' contributions in the Beermen's crucial Game 5 win as the 2013 Most Valuable Player went off for 27 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks.
Arwind Santos is the low-key X-factor for San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
It's easy to look past Santos' contributions especially since the veteran forward has been involved in two separate incidents in these Finals against TNT rookie RR Pogoy and KaTropa import Joshua Smith.
However, in Game 5 Friday, MVP Arwind showed up as the man they call Spider-Man helped the Beermen regain control of the series, 3-2, and move to within one win of another championship.
It will be hard to overlook Santos' contributions in the Beermen's crucial win as the 2013 Most Valuable Player went off for 27 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks.
More importantly, Santos led San Miguel's uprising in the second half, dropping 14 points in the furious third-quarter rally as the Beermen erased a 15-point deficit.
"Step up lang, kasi nalamangan na naman kami ng 15 points nung matapos yung secong quarter. Nangyari na rin yun noon nung nag 17-0," Santos said, referring to TNT's historic start during Game 2 when they opened with 17 unanswered points.
Santos also played a big role in helping San Miguel erase that deficit and the Beermen eventually won Game 2, tying the series a one game each.
"Presence of mind na lang yung nangyari. Pagka mga ganung sitwasyon, hindi ko sinasabi na gusto ko mangyari. Ibig sabihin lang na pag ganun, naging maganda ang contribution ko and nahabol namin," Santos said.
On the verge of ending a 17-year title drought in the Commissioner's Cup, Santos is focused in closing out the KaTropa in Game 6.
He knows that Game 7 against TNT would be extremely dangerous aside from being difficult.
"Sa dami ko ng pinagdaanan na Finals, may mga experience na rin ako na umabot sa Game 7. Lalo na Talk 'N Text ang kalaban, hindi ka talaga pwede maging kumpiyansa," he said.
"Meron din talaga silang piyesa para talunin kami. Kailangan lang talaga na ma-start namin ng maganda. Hindi dapat nangyayari yung malalayuan kami. hangga’t maaari, kami yung makalayo," Santos added.
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