PBA Finals: Ang pinakamasarap walang iba kundi San Miguel Beermen -- Arwind Santos
Philip Matel on Apr 07, 2018 06:43 AM
It may be time for talking legacy says Arwind Santos.
The San Miguel Beermen may be the most dominant All-Filipino team in recent memory.
Of course, Talk N' Text and San Mig Coffee will have a say about that.
Nevertheless, the Beermen just clinched their fourth-straight Philippine Cup title, rising from a 23-point hole and taking the whole shebang in a double-overtime classic against sister team Magnolia Hotshots.
The game would not have been possible if Arwind Santos did not can a booming triple from the right wing, with 16.5 seconds left.
It was very much reminiscent of the go-ahead three he drilled against Alaska in Game 7 of the 2015 Philippine Cup Finals.
"Syempre, yung mga ganoong shot naman, kahit papaano naka-ready naman tayo sa mga ganoon. Lalo nang situation na iyon," the former FEU standout said.
"Doon ako nalibre sa spot na yun. Hindi namang mabilisang natanggap yung bola. At naibato ko maayos ang bola."
With San Miguel winning their six titles out of six appearances in the ten conferences held since 2015, the 2013 PBA MVP says it may be already time to talk about the legacy his team has built, as they have established a virtual dynasty over the first professional league in Asia.
"Kasi sabi ko nga, yung team namin, wala ka nang hahanapin pa, wala ka nang dadagdagan pa... Kahit kung tinitignan mo lineup namin, kahit papaano, hindi naman masama mangarap. So kami nangangarap, at the same time, di lang namin pinapangarap, pinagtatrabahuhan namin. Kahit anong taas ng pangarap namin, kung hindi naman kami nagkakaisa, wala rin."
But despite all the talk of including them among the echelon of the greatest Filipino professional teams of all time, Santos clarified that it was still not the time to put them at the top.
"Ako kasi, mahirap pagka tayo mismo ang pumupuna ng mga naachieve. Mas gusto namin na mismong tao mismo magsasabi na hindi, pinaka best na team San Miguel. Dun palang, masayang masaya na kami. Nakakaproud. Pag naririnig namin yun."
The 36 year-old added that he doesn't want the good words flowing from themselves, but wants history, society, and the media to judge their impact on the hardwood.
He also mentioned that it was the bread-and-butter of the team to be happy in the company of each other, and that, Santos said, is what helps them succeed.
Now that the dominant Beemen will have a chance to more frightening once number-one pick Christian Standhardinger in the Commissioner's Cup, the San Miguel skipper hopes all will be seamless once, in the words of San Miguel coach Leo Austria, 'the import from Hong Kong' arrives.
"Basta kami, naniniwala kami na si Christian, maadopt niya siguro yung samahan dito. Kami naman, di kami mahirap pakisamahan at susuportahan din namin si Christian."
Going back to talking about the game, the notorious instigator praised the sticky brand of defense of Rome de la Rosa and Bam Gamalinda, the 'Spiderman' desperately looked for loopholes as his team was slowly trying to make a comeback.
Santos also shared that as the captain of the team, it was his duty to show his teammates to never show a mental breakdown, especially in a dire situation like Friday evening.
Regarding his comment about the teams' desire to consume rubbing alcohol in the event that they won Game 5, Santos clarified, in a very bizarre manner, on what is the better-tasting product.
"Mamaya, medyo ano. Siguro yung alcohol na yun, walang iba kundi San Miguel Beermen, ang pinakamasarap sa lahat."
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