PBA Finals: Arwind Santos' killer mentality fails to save SMB in Game 5
Philip Matel on Aug 06, 2018 01:55 PM
Time and time again, Arwind Santos has been the deliverer of timely buckets. But not in Game 5 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Time and time again, Arwind Santos has been the deliverer of timely buckets.
Whether it be from downtown, mid-range and even from the foul line, the 'Spiderman' has always been known to be the man in crunch time.
But not in Game 5 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals.
The veteran forward admitted that he really wanted to shoot the 35-footer with nine seconds left that would have tied the game at 86; however, the end result was a bricked three.
Before that moment, he only had two points on 0/9 shooting to his name, but that didn't stop him from trying to help his team in need.
Santos vehemently denied that it was a rushed attempt and explained his side on why he launched from way beyond.
"May mga time kasi na siyempre ang tagal natin di nakakahawak ng bola, so sa isang player gusto mo ishoot kaagad kasi open ka. Di mo na namamalayan yung mga ganung bagay. Ako ang naglalaro lang sa isip ko dapat panalo kami eh. Pero di naman natin mapapalitan yung pangyayari. Bawi na lang kami next game," the lanky veteran said.
Now down 3-2 and facing elimination against Ginebra on Wednesday, the FEU product emphasized that the series is not yet over, and brought out a page from the history books to validate his claim.
"Di pa naman tapos diba? Sabi nga ng bawat isa sa amin, yung 0-3 nga nakasurvive kami, eto pang isang panalo lang, diba. Pero di namin kailangan madaliin. Sana... Dahil sa nasaktan kami sa talo na 'to, dapat wake-up call sa'min 'to na makabawi kami sa Game Six."
With coach Leo Austria venting out frustration over the team's continuous complaining that cost them their final timeout, the 36-year old meanwhile stressed that the team needs to make adjustments on their chemistry so they can get the job done in forcing a deciding Game 7.
"Ang masasabi ko lang siguro kailangan pa rin namin magtiwala sa isa't-isa -- mas lalo namin pagtibayan yung tiwala sa isa't-isa para yun ang maging bread-and-butter namin sa next game."
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