ARWIND Santos admitted San Miguel blew a golden chance when it lost Game One of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals to Magnolia, 99-94, on Wednesday night.
"Hindi kami masaya sa nangyari. Natalo kami at naunahan kami," Santos rued after his 13 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks went for naught in the opener of the best-of-seven series.
But don't think for a moment that Santos or the Beermen are panicking right now as they chase a record fifth successive all-Filipino championship.
"Tinatalo nga kami ng Kia eh," he said, pointing to the upset wins the lowly Columbian franchise had scored against San Miguel over the past years.
"Hindi nagpa-panic ang team namin sa mga ganiyang sitwasyon. Kahit sabihin mong ang team San Miguel ay malakas, hindi na kami pwedeng talunin ng ibang team? Ganoon talaga, bilog ang bola."
Santos acknowledged the Beermen were a bit undisciplined in Game One, pointing to their 14 turnovers and a poor 37-percent shooting from the field and 25-percent from three-point distance.
"Kailangan magsimula lang kami ulit sa disiplina. Kailangan may disiplina lang kami sa loob ng game para hindi kami nanggigigil masyado kasi may mga time na nagmamadali kami," the 2013 PBA MVP said.
"Sabi nga nila, kaunting disiplina lang sa offense namin. Nagmamadali kaming talunin ang Magnolia kaya kami nawawala sa sistema namin. Hindi dapat ganoon. Kailangan lang wag mawala yung kumpyansa namin."
Santos, however, said San Miguel needs to play with more urgency in Game Two if they don't want to end up in a hole.
"Yung mentality ko at mentality din ng mga teammates ko ay iisa: Gusto naming bumawi next game," Santos said. "Kaya kailangan lang namin maghanda ng mas mabuti next game para mai-tie namin ang series."