ARWIND Santos said San Miguel is still far from its true form following a lopsided win over Alaska on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Beermen looked sharp on Sunday as they picked up their fifth win in their last six games, 114-96, over the Aces. San Miguel finished the eliminations with a 7-4 card following a 1-3 start to the conference where they are eyeing a fifth straight crown.
Santos leaned on his three-point shots on Sunday as he had 17 points and nine rebounds including a 5-of-15 clip from three-point range.
Santos though is still far from satisfied.
“Nagpapasalamat kami na nanalo kami pero hindi ‘yun ang goal namin eh,” said Santos. “Alam ng bawat isa kung ano ang goal namin lalo na ‘yung management – ‘yung fifth championship. Pero hindi ganun kadali."
Santos stressed the need to further improve their defense with all of the teams out to break San Miguel’s dynasty in the all-Filipino conference.
“Alam namin na talagang lahat sila nagre-ready at pinipigilan na kunin ‘yun. Sana sa mga susunod na mga games namin, mas lalo pa namin pag-aralan ‘yung mga plays namin at kung paano namin aayusin ‘yung depensa namin. Kanina, maganda eh. Kung ma-maintain namin ‘yun, mahihirapan kami talunin,” said Santos.
The former MVP now looks forward to a lengthy respite that includes the All-Star break. Santos was selected as a reserve for the North All-Stars in the event.
“’Yung laro namin kanina, siguro sa sobrang ganda, hindi kailangan maging satisfied. Kailangan gandahan namin ‘yung improvements. Bumibigat ang laban going quarters, semis, at finals. Mahaba ang break. Importante balik namin, kailangan sa break na ‘yun, makapagpahinga kami at hindi namin makalimutan ‘yung winning attitude,” Santos added.
Santos though is confident San Miguel will not be complacent during the break.
“Dalawa kasi ‘yan eh, mangalawang ka or makapagpahinga ka. Mawawala ka dun sa run kumbaga sa maganda na tinatakbo. Sana hindi naman. Sana maging pabor ‘yung pahinga,” said Santos.