PLAYING with nothing to lose made San Miguel Beer an even more dangerous team in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Feeling no pressure after losing the first three games of the best-of-seven title series against Alaska, the Beermen decided to just relax, enjoy playing in the championship, and took it one game at a time.
And now in a wink of an eye, they had just tied the series at 3-3, forced a deciding Game Seven, and moved on the verge of becoming the first team in the 41-year history of the pro league to ever come back from a huge 0-3 deficit.
That makes the reigning all-Filipino champion an even dangerous team to face, according to Arwind Santos.
“Masaya 'yung bawat teammates ko. At yun ang nakakatakot, pag nag-eenjoy ang mga players, mahirap na kalaban,” said the former league MVP after the Beermen’s 100-89 win over the suddenly embattled Aces during Game Six of the series on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The lanky power forward finished with 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in San Miguel’s third straight win in the finals.
And to think, all the Beermen wanted after they went down 0-3 was to avoid a sweep.
“Sabi ko nga nun, maka-isa lang kami ok na kami,” said the San Miguel star out of Far Eastern University. “Ngayon nasa pintuan na kami, kakatok na lang kami ng maayos para makapasok.”
While the momentum of the series may have suddenly shifted to the side of the defending champions, Santos is not about to take the Aces lightly.
“Nung down kami 0-3, yung hinga namin tama lang. Nung nananalo na kami, nakakahinga na kami ng maluwag,” he pointed out.
“Ngayon komportable na kami,” Santos added. “Pero hindi naman namin masasabi na kayang-kaya namin sila. Kailangan lahat pa rin ng kalaban mo, kailangan mo pa ring respetuhin.”