Long layoff did wonders for Arwind Santos, San Miguel
Paul Lintag on Aug 26, 2017 04:20 PM
"Minsan masasabi mo na napa-ganda ba samin yung bakasyon namin o napasama ba? At least napa-ganda kasi kita naman, yung performance namin nandoon kahit si June Mar hindi pa totally naglalaro." --- Arwind Santos.
Two things could happen to a team that went on a three-week break in the middle of the season.
The first is kinda obvious, there will be signs of rust for sure. The second one is there will be big performances since that long wait only added fuel to an already burning fire.
Well, both happened to San Miguel as the Beermen came out of a 21-day break Friday against the Globalport Batang Pier.
The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen were a little flat in the first half vs. Globalport before turning the corner to score a close victory.
As per usual, the stars played heavy minutes for San Miguel and three players dropped at least 27 points.
None of them was June Mar Fajardo as the Kraken continues to have limited presence due to injury.
One of them though was Arwind Santos.
Actually, it was MVP Arwind showed up for the Beermen.
"Siguro na-tigang kami dahil sa tagal naming walang laro. Minsan masasabi mo na napa-ganda ba samin yung bakasyon namin o napasama ba? At least napa-ganda kasi kita naman, yung performance namin nandoon kahit si June Mar hindi pa totally naglalaro," Santos said.
The veteran forward fired 30 points after nailing a career-high seven triples. He also had eight rebounds and five blocks.
"Ito yung basehan na masasabi mo yung San Miguel kumpleto na ito. Kung masisira to, kung hindi to mananalo, problema na ng players yun," he added.
Improving to 3-1, Santos was almost relieved that San Miguel managed to pull through against e Batang Pier.
Globalport themselves came out from a mini break and the team welcomed Terrence Romeo back from Gilas Pilipinas.
The Bro was one of three Global players to score at least 24 points vs. the Beermen in the shootout.
"Knowing Global naman, syempre marami din sila go-to guy jan na pag hinayaan mo at di mo nirespeto, talagang puputok at puputok," Arwind said.
"May kakayahan talagang talunin kami ng Globalport. Mabuti na lang naayos namin yung depensa namin at naka-dikit kami bago matapos yung third quarter," he added.
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