ARWIND Santos rarely loses his cool during a game.
But when TNT’s Roger Pogoy gave a sneaky hit on Santos’ man parts, that’s when Santos lost it.
Santos was still fuming when talking about his altercation with Pogoy which led to the rookie’s ejection in the Beermen’s 102-88 victory over the KaTropa on Friday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The incident happened at the 8:39 mark of the third quarter while Santos was looking to grab an offensive rebound off an Alex Cabagnot lay-up on the fastbreak.
Santos shoved Pogoy down in anger after the hit and was called for a technical second motion, but there was hint of regret in his voice when he talked about the incident.
“Muntik pumutok yung balls ko e. Naka-shoot na kami. Tumalon lang ako para harangin yung bola, tapos nagulat na lang ako binigyan ako ng uppercut. Imbis na maramdaman ko yung pain sa balls ko, umakyat sa ulo talaga,” Santos said.
SPIN.ph tried to get Pogoy’s side, but the obviously frustrated rookie did not grant any interviews.
That both players are from Far Eastern University added to Santos' frusration. Santos won a championship with the Tamaraws in 2005 and Pogoy was part of the FEU champion team in 2015.
“Galit na galit na galit na galit ako, ba’t niya ginawa yun, FEU pa naman siya. So ayun lang ang kinakasama ng loob ko kanina.”
The former PBA MVP bared that he didn’t have any chance to speak with Pogoy after the match, but admitted that he was so mad he wasn’t even sure of the words that he was screaming to Pogoy during the altercation.
For Santos, it would have been so much more acceptable getting punched elsewhere.
“Di ko na maalala kung ano yung pinagsasabi ko e. Talagang ang init ng ulo ko kanina. Isang ulo yung tinamaan niya e, alam mo yun? Lalake pa naman tayo, ayaw natin tinatamaan yung mga ganun. Panlaban natin yun. Alam niyo yan, di ba?” Santos continued.
“Kung gusto niya ng ganun, di bale sa mukha niya ako suntukin, kesa sa ano, kaligayahan natin yun e. Kung di ako magkaanak kasalanan pa niya, mabuti nalang meron na akong anak, eh paano kung gusto pa ng asawa ko,” he added in jest.
But it was Santos who had the last laugh as he starred in his squad’s comeback victory after falling behind by as many as 17 points to start the game. Santos scored 11 of his 16 points in that first quarter and added six boards to help his squad tie the series at one apiece.
“Kailangan na kailangan. Pumasok ako wala pa kaming score. Wala na kaming ibang gagawin kundi magpakitang gilas. Dapat yun ang ipakita naming para magkaron kami ng good start. Isipin mo di kami naka-score? Cheer kami ng cheer, napagod nga kami kaka-cheer sa gilid e. Mabuti nalang nakadikit kami bago matapos second quarter.”