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    Arwind Santos on Game 2 spats: 'Kailangan ipakita na di ka masisindak ng kahit sino'

    Mar 25, 2018
    Arwind Santos delivered each time SMB needed a basket in Game 2. Jerome Ascano

    ARWIND Santos’ mindset heading into Game Two of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals was simple – we're the defending champions and we don't have any plan of relinquishing the title anytime soon.

    Santos' message was loud on clear on Sunday night as San Miguel came away with a 92-77 victory over Magnolia at the Mall of Asia Arena to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

    Santos finished with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go along eight rebounds and two shot blocks as the Beermen atoned from a Game One letdown that saw them blow a 20-point spread.

    “Siguro pinakita lang namin na hindi dahil naka three-peat na kami, papayag na lang kami na ganun-ganun na lang,” said Santos, who was later named Best Player of the Game.

    “Pinakita ko lang na, bilang may-ari ng trono, kahit sino umagaw, magagalit ka,” he added.

    A fired-up Santos got into several heated exchanges with the Hotshots, including a spat with second-year Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon late in the fourth when the game was already decided.

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      Santos said it wasn’t personal but assured they won't back down from anybody.

      “Sa akin, walang personalan. Pinakita ko lang yung dapat kong i-contriibute doon maliban sa maka-focus sa laro. Kailangan ipakita mo rin na hindi ka masisindak ng kahit sino sa loob,” Santos continued.

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      “Akala nila siguro nakikipag-away na ako, pero yun lang ay dahil gusto ko manalo. Gusto ko mai-tie. Kasi mahirap na pag na 2-0 na kami,” he added.

      Despite the win, Santos wasn't happy with the way SMB has been managing leads in the series, alarmed with how the Beermen almost lost another 20-point lead.

      “Hindi mabuting tingnan para sa amin. Yun nga karamihan ng sinasabi nila, experience-wise tiyak naka-ilang champion na kami, dapat hindi kami naglalaro ng ganoon,” Santos said.

      “Dapat kung lamang kami, pangalagaan na namin yun hanggang sa dulo ng laro, hanggang matapos,” he added.

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