ARWIND Santos has six stitches and a strip of tape that serves as a reminder of a painful loss, but the former MVP said San Miguel Beer needs to put a Game Three collapse behind it and focus on leveling the PBA Philippine Cup finals.
“Simple lang, forget the past kaya nag-practice kami ng normal after nung talo,” Santos said on Tuesday.
More than the elbow by Calvin Abueva that left a boxer's cut above his right eyebrow, it was the monumental collapse that hurt the most for Santos most after Beermen squandered a 21-point second-half lead.
It was the second time in three games that the Beermen blew a double-digit advantage and the second straight time that Santos sustained a deep cut as they fell behind, 1-2, in the best-of-seven series.
Now the last thing Santos wants to do is fall behind by two games.
“First time ko itong magka-cut ng magkasunod na games, pero kami, gusto naming manalo, at para sa amin, di puwede na mag-3-1 ang Alaska, dapat mag-2-2,” Santos told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
The Beermen appeared poised to grab a 2-1 lead on Sunday after riding on a vicious third-quarter scoring rampage to erect a 21-point lead.
But San Miguel went eerily silent in the final period, which saw the team score just six points in that stretch. The Beermen also made six turnovers over the same stretch.
“Basta I’ll do my part. Finals na ito eh so no reason na kundi kunin yung gustong abutin ng lahat ng teams sa PBA,” Santos said.
Game Four is set on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.