PICK your poison.
That, in essence, is what Arwind Santos believes is what San Miguel needs to do to overcome Terrence Jones and TNT following the Beermen’s Game One loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.
Santos said San Miguel is in a situation of which should the Beermen contain in the series – Jones or the TNT locals.
So far, Jones has been anchoring the KaTropa with his all-around play which he showed once again in Game One when he had 41 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists in the 109-96 win over the Beermen.
“Si Terrence Jones, magaling, malaki ang naibibigay sa kanila – assists, puntos, depensa, rebound,” Santos admitted.
“Kung papipiliin ka gusto mo ba umiskor si Terrence Jones ng more than 50 points and at the same time, off ang mga locals? Dapat ganun. Sa Game One maganda ang laro ni Jones, maganda pa laro ng locals.”
Santos added: “Kailangan hindi dapat ganun ang mangyari. Kung ma-off namin import, okay lang maganda laro ng local. Kung ma-off namin local, dapat ‘yung import, hindi na. Mamimili kami sa side na ‘yun.”
Santos can attest to how difficult was it guarding Jones when he got that opportunity in the first quarter. It got a little physical, however, at one point late in the first period when Santos and Jones got entangled at the backcourt when play was ongoing.
“Magaling talaga eh,” Santos said. “Ganun talaga. Minsan, parang sobrang galing, gusto mo na talagang pigilan, minsan gusto mo bigyan, minsan gusto mo tirahin minsan. Hindi sa normal ‘yun. Pero tignan natin sa Game Two."
Heading into Game Two, Santos vowed to help San Miguel play better than in the series opener after trailing by as many as 23 points in the match.
“Ayaw natin napapahiya minsan. Siyempre championship, ayaw namin matalo basta basta. Kapag nagkaroon uli ng chance na kung sino matapat sa kanya, gagawin namin lahat para ma-stop siya,” said Santos.