ENDING a long championship drought in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup certainly brings smiles to the faces of the San Miguel Beermen.
Add the bonus they’re getting from big boss Ramon S. Ang, then it brings more than that.
Asked how much they’re receiving following their conquest of the midseason tournament at the expense of TNT Katropa, Arwind Santos gave a vague yet amusing hint as usual.
“Yan na naman tayo,” the poetic SMB star said during a lull in their fans day at Robinsons Galleria on Friday. “Basta kami, yung ngiti namin siguro kung dati walang dimples, ngayon may dimples na.”
Star playmakers Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot earlier declined to give even a ballpark figure of their windfall for ending a 16-year Commissioner’s Cup title drought.
Since wrapping up the title series in six games with a 115-91 win in Game Six last Sunday, the Beermen have been in seventh heaven, celebrating the championship with their family and fans, first with a victory party inside the SMC compound last Wednesday night.
“Oo naman, party mode pa,” Santos said. “Sobrang busy. In fact yung mga kapatid ko nagte-text sa akin, kelan daw ako magbo-blowout. Sabi ko hintay lang, unahin ko muna yung victory party ng team namin.”
Santos, however, admirably continues to squeeze in some extra work amid the celebration.
“Kanina bago ako pumunta dito nag-gym pa ako,” the former MVP said. “Kumbaga ang sarap mag-champion eh, bakit mo kailangan kalimutan yung ginagawa mo nung nag-champion ka?
“Kaming mga players puhunan namin ang mga katawan namin so bilang team captain, inaalagaan ko yung sarili ko para pagdating ng next conference, ready kami kasi mas mabigat ang dahilan namin,” he added.
After all, the Beermen are after a rare grand slam – their second in franchise history.
“One game at a time lang talaga,” Santos said. “Ang target muna namin makapasok ng semis, yun lang muna. Hindi kami kailangan magmadali. One step at a time talaga.”