PBA: Korean BBQ ends Arwind Santos' Ironman streak

Philip Matel on Feb 01, 2019 11:29 PM
PBA: Korean BBQ ends Arwind Santos' Ironman streak
The do-it-all swing returns Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

ANTIPOLO CITY -- One of the longest Ironman streaks in the PBA came to an end as Arwind Santos had an unfortunate case of food poisoning and was sidelined in San Miguel's 108-98 loss against Rain or Shine here.

He played for 132 straight games, the seventh-longest streak among active players, according to PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

Santos shared that he had eaten at a Korean BBQ with his family before eating dinuguan in Pampanga. It caused a full stomach and statisfaction for the 2013 PBA MVP, but later betrayed him in the end, causing him multiple trips to the toilet.

"Nag-ano ako, vomit atsaka poops ako. Kaya hindi ako nakapaglaro. Nanghina ako. Parang diarrhea ba, ganoon. Pero Wednesday, back to action ako," Santos said.

"Wala eh. Ganoon talaga eh. Hindi naman natin gusto magkasakit di ba? Eh natapat, nadale tayo noong pagkain. Ganoon talaga," he added.

What's more concerning for Santos and the Beermen is that the four-time defending champions have lost two straight in the Philippine Cup for the first time in this era.

Santos still sees a ray of hope for his team, as the team is still adjusting on the defensive end of the floor, a staple of the modern-day San Miguel dynasty.

Despite not delivering usual numbers offensively, Santos instead focused on becoming a defensive stalwart and has drawn praise from coach Leo Austria.

"Ako naman, hindi naman ako yung dati kong ugali noong rookie o sophomore na gusto ko laging umiiskor. Gusto ko laging nagpapakitang-gilas. Hindi na ganoon eh. Ang mentality ko ngayon is kung saan ako mas makakatulong, saan ang kulang, doon ako magtutuon ng panahon," shared Santos.

The do-it-all swing returns Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

 

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