THEY may be on Cloud 9, but Arwind Santos is hoping the San Miguel Beer Beermen keep their feet firmly on the ground after coming from behind to retain the PBA Philippine Cup at the expense of Alaska.
The SMB star acknowledged their unprecedented accomplishment of overcoming a 3-0 deficit, but reminded his teammates not to get way ahead of themselves as they revived their bid of a grand slam.
“Kahit patay na kami, buhay pa rin 'yung story, yung legacy na nagawa namin,” Santos said.
“Pero kailangan pa rin namin pangalagaan ito,” he was quick to add. “Dapat hindi dumating sa point na maging overconfident kami o lahat kaya na namin. ibinabalik lang dapat namin 'yung mga blessings kay God at sa mga kasama namin.”
Santos shone in the deciding game with 13 points, 10 boards, and three blocks in 37 minutes, and hit a three-pointer every time Alaska threatened to make a run.
“Wag sana umabot sa point na ikayabang namin ‘to dahil wala kaming karapatan dahil na-bless lang kami,” the former league MVP said. “Ang Alaska malakas rin. Hindi talaga namin in-expect na matatalo namin sila ng apat na sunod.”
But they did, and as a result, pulled off the greatest comeback in league history.
“Pinakamatamis sa lahat ng bunga na natikman ko mula ng ako’y natuto maglaro ng basketball,” the champion cager said.
“Sobrang tamis, nakaka-diabetes. Isang tikim lang, diabetes na ‘to.”