SAN Miguel Beer has always been viewed as a star-studded team that has everything.
But Arwind Santos says there's something missing.
The former league MVP was left to rue the Beermen's lack of composure in the endgame after the team let a 10-point lead slip away in a 63-66 loss to Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although it was just the Beermen's first loss in four games this season, Santos said the defeat was a mere reflection of what has been lacking all this time for a team that has underachieved over the years.
“In the end lang bumibigay kami. Iyun ang naging sakit ng San Miguel eh, kaya minsan, nahihirapan kaming abutin ang goals namin,” shared the 33-year-old player turned recording artist.
“Nakakalamang kami, tapos, biglang hahabulin. Kapag nahabol, di na kami makabalik, so kailangan yun ang pag-aralan namin,” he added.
Santos was quick to say he isn’t blaming anybody, nor was he pointing an accusing finger at Marcio Lassiter, who went for a difficult fallaway three-point attempt in the dying seconds that could have sent the game into overtime.
Santos led the Beermen with 14 points, nine rebounds and four shotblocks in more than 40 minutes of action, but he, too, had no answer when JVee Casio led the decisive surge for Alaska inside the final minute.
“Mahirap naman i-blame ang isa’t-isa, kasi kumpiyansa ng isa’t-isa ang pinapahalagahan naming sa team,” he said.
But the former Far Eastern University star said endgame composure is something the Beermen need to develop, so that a fine start to the season won't end in disappointment yet again.
“May dapat kaming ayusin, like small the things in the end, kasi kailangan 'yun in the end, eh di namin na-execute ng maayos yung play namin,” said Santos.
San Miguel has two days to adjust before plunging back into action against NLEX on Saturday in a road game in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.