ARWIND Santos stuck to the positives after San Miguel Beer saw its title-retention bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup end in tatters after bowing to Ginebra in their semifinal decider on Tuesday night.
The SMB star forward was one of the few bright spots for his team as he registered 24 points in three quarters, spiked by four three-pointers, on top of three boards, one assist, one block, and one steal in 31 minutes.
But Santos refused to dwell on the shortcomings of his team as import Elijah Millsap showed up a little too late while June Mar Fajardo was shackled by the Ginebra defense.
“Wala, hindi ko na tinitingnan yun,” Santos said. “Lahat naman kami, gusto namin manalo, pero ang ganda rin talaga ng laro nila (Ginebra) eh. Sa kanila talaga.”
“Ayaw ko lang kasi punahin 'yung kung ano yung nakita kong pagkakamali pagkatapos ng game namin kasi talo na kami eh, hindi na namin maibabalik,” he added.
On the bright side, Santos said the Beermen have a chance to make a quick turnaround as the Philippine Cup is less than two months away, tentatively set to open November 20.
“Siguro maghanda na lang kami kasi konting hintay lang at all-Filipino na ulit, so try ulit namin at paghandaan ulit,” Santos, a part-time songwriter and singer, said.
“Malungkot kami syempre,” he added. “Pero ganun talaga ang buhay. Kailangan lang talaga na habang nabubuhay ka, ibig sabihin, marami ka pang makakamit na magagandang bagay.
"Hindi pa naman dito nagtatapos ang career namin, so marami pa kaming chance. Sa all-Filipino, tingnan natin.”