Arwind after San Miguel's Game 2 answer: Bilang may-ari ng trono, kahit sino umagaw, magagalit ka
Paul Lintag on Mar 25, 2018 10:00 PM
"Pinakita lang namin na hindi dahil naka three-peat na kami, papayag na lang kami ng ganun-ganun lang." --- Arwind Santos.
Arwind Santos showed a lot of angst Sunday in Game 2 of the Philippine Cup Finals againts Magnolia.
After the Beermen lost an embarassing Game 1, where they collapsed after taking a 20-point lead in the second half, Arwind felt the need to remind everyone, most especially the Hotshots, who was boss in the All-Filipino.
"Pinakita lang namin na hindi dahil naka three-peat na kami, papayag na lang kami ng ganun-ganun lang," Santos said.
"Siguro kaya pinakita ko lang na, bilang may-ari ng trono, kahit sino umagaw, magagalit ka," he added.
The former Most Valuable Player certainly played his part Sunday, leading the champs to a convincing win to tie the series at one game each.
Santos drilled six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 points on top of eight rebounds.
His booming three in the fourth quarter, which was San Miguel's first score of the period, stopped Magnolia's momentum and restored order for the Beermen. At that point, the Hotshots have cut a once 21-point deficit to just seven.
"Parang nakikita namin yung nangyari nung first game. Bumaba yung lamang, mabuti na lang eto, naka-catch up kami," he said.
"Pero hindi mabuting tingnan para sa amin. Yun na, karamihan ng sinasabi nila, experience-wise tsaka naka-ilang champion na kami, dapat hindi kami naglalaro ng ganoon," Santos added.
Playing well despite the tension of a heated series, Arwind says he's learned to mute all the unnecesarry noise made during the game.
He just dismisses all of it as "kulitan."
"In fact hindi ko na naririnig kung anong pinagsasabi nila eh. Dahil mainit ang laro talaga. Siguro minsan kasi kailangan natin 'yun, kailangan medyo may kaunting kulitan lang," he said.
"Siguro, para sa akin, pinakita ko lang 'yung dapat kong i-contribute doon maliban sa maka-focus sa laro, kailangan ipakita mo rin na hindi ka masisindak ng kahit sino sa loob. Kaya ginawa ko 'yung ... akala nila siguro nakikipag-away na ako, pero 'yun lang ay dahil gusto ko manalo," Arwind added.
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