PBA: Arwind Santos predicts a San Miguel-Ginebra Finals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2018 10:24 PM
PBA: Arwind Santos predicts a San Miguel-Ginebra Finals
Could it be June Mar Fajardo vs Greg Slaughter and Renaldo Balkman vs Justin Brownlee in the Finals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup?

San Miguel is through to the Finals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Ginebra can join them there by taking care of business against Rain or Shine on Monday.

Of course, the Elasto Painters still have a fighting chance even though they are down 1-2 in the race-to-three semifinals series.

Arwind Santos, however, doesn’t think that will be the case. “Tingin ko, sila na kaya sila na siguro ang paghahandaan namin. ‘Di namin nakikitang tatalunin sila ng Rain or Shine e,” he told reporters after the Beermen booked a ticket to the Finals by finishing off Alaska on Sunday.

In case it wasn’t clear just yet, the “sila” Santos was referring to was Ginebra.

And so, if the 37-year veteran will have his way, the defending champions will have at least three days to prepare for the Finals – a Finals opposite the Gin Kings.

For his part, however, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said it’s definitely difficult to predict what will happen. “It’s always 50-50. The last time, sinabi ko maybe we’ll be in the Finals against Ginebra, but I made a mistake,” he shared.

He then continued, “There was a question na sino gusto (naming) makalaban and wala akong pinipili, but I said na probably Ginebra because they’re playing well. But the following game, they were beaten by Rain or Shine.”

In Game 2 of the Beermen versus the Aces, coach Leo said that if Beermen do down the Aces, then they would most probably be facing Ginebra in the Finals.

Then, the Gin Kings were up 1-0 in their own semifinals series.

After coach Leo’s claim, though, Ginebra was defeated by the Elasto Painters before winning Game 3 and taking a 2-1 series lead.

Now, San Miguel’s always amiable mentor would prefer to keep mum about the other semifinals series.

All that matters for him is that he and his boys must be raring and ready. “You can never know what will happen, but whoever will be our opponent, I think the team is ready,” he said.


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