ARWIND Santos hit a crucial three late in the fourth quarter to save San Miguel from elimination in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
With the Beermen trailing by four points, Santos converted a trey from the right wing with 1:42 left in the game. A Robert Bolick miss led to a layup by Santos, giving the Beermen back the lead, 87-86.
Eventually, the Beermen escaped with a 90-88 win over the Batang Pier to advance into the semifinals.
Santos said the three-point shot felt like his other heroics in the past where he hit a crucial basket from the right wing.
“Kanina nung nasa dugout kami, masaya ‘yung bawat isa,” said Santos. “Naalala ko ‘yung spot na ‘yun. Marami nang kamay ng Diyos na tinira ko sa spot na ‘yun na naalala ko. Sobrang thankful ako, ‘yun na naman, naipanalo kami ng spot na ‘yun.”
Santos’ teammate Chris Ross said that three is all too familiar for him also.
“Luckily we have Arwind Santos. I don’t know how many times he had made that shot. Same spot. He actually made five straight points and Chris (McCollough) kinda closed the game out for us,” said Ross.
Ross said NorthPort made him earn the victory.
“We have championship poise but that was a tough team and that was a tough game. Those guys just didn’t lay down. I thought when we were up 16 the game was over but they fought,” said Ross.
Due to his past conversions in that shot, Santos said he had all confidence to take the shot.
“Nalibre uli. Sabi ko nga, dati pa, ‘yung mga ganyang crucial, wag dapat matakot. Dapat itira mo kasi ‘yun naman ‘yung ginagawa natin at pinagpapraktisan natin,” said Santos.