IF San Miguel can do it, then the others can, more so if it is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Arwind Santos is not ruling out LeBron James and the Cavs doing what the San Miguel Beermen did a year ago when they became the first team in PBA history to fight back from the depths of a 0-3 deficit against Alaska in the Philippine Cup Finals.
The defending NBA champs avoided being swept by the Golden State Warriors when they pulled off a wire-to-wire 137-116 win in Game Four on Saturday (Manila time) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio.
Two of the last three games of the best-of-seven series will be played in the Bay Area, a situation that’s nothing new for the Cavs, who became the first franchise to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals to win last season’s championship against the Warriors.
Santos and the Beermen faced the same prospect opposite Alaska during the 2016 all-Filipino finals, but managed to pull off the improbable that will be remembered in history as the ‘Beer-acle.’
The veteran forward, who turned 36 on Saturday, said the feat is not exclusive to the Beermen.
“Hindi natin puwedeng sarilinin yun at sabihin natin na hindi nila kayang gawin,” he said of the Cavs. “Malay mo mangyari yun, e di pangalawa na sila (Cavs).”
More than anything else, the former league MVP and many-time All-Star said the country, the league, and the San Miguel franchise for that matter, are always being mentioned in the discussion wherever and whenever a ballclub tries to overhaul such huge series deficit.
“At least ang nakakatuwa rito, ang NBA napag-uusapan ang Pilipinas, kasi sa Pilipinas lang nangyari ang miracle na yun,” Santos pointed out.
And of course, it couldn’t be more fulfilling for his part saying he was with the team that accomplished a special feat.
“Poud to be na part ako ng San Miguel (team) na yun,” a beaming Santos said.