IT might have been two long years since San Miguel was in this same precarious position in the championship round. But Arwind Santos needs only to looks back to look ahead to the future with great optimism.
“Sabi nga ng bawat isa sa amin, yung 0-3 nga naka-survive kami. Kaya naman ito na isang panalo lang, di ba? Pero di namin kailangang madaliin,” he said, harking back to the historic “Beeracle” run in the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska to reinvigorate the team’s hunger in this desperate time.
The former PBA MVP is well aware of his side’s capabilities, especially with the heartbreaking nature of the 87-83 Game 5 defeat to Ginebra was lost on Sunday.
“Dahil sa nasaktan kami sa talo na ito, dapat wake-up call sa amin ito na makabawi kami sa Game 6,” he said.
Chances were aplenty for the Beermen in the endgame, but they failed to cash in on those opportunities that led to their demise.
Even Santos had a hand in that finishing sequence, but his rushed triple from the top of the arc -which could’ve tied the game at 86 in the final nine seconds- could not find the bottom of the net.
The Kapampangan forward, though, expressed no regrets about the turn of events, saying: “May mga time kasi na siyempre ang tagal natin di nakakahawak ng bola, so sa isang player, gusto mo i-shoot kaagad kasi open ka."
"Di mo na namamalayan yung mga ganoong bagay. Ako, ang naglalaro lang sa isip ko dapat panalo kami eh. Pero di naman natin mapapalitan yung mga pangyayari," he added.
Those misses lert San Miguel's grand slam aspirations in peril, but Santos insisted all hope isn’t lost for the Beermen.
“Ang masasabi ko lang siguro kailangan pa rin namin magtiwala sa isa't isa at mas lalo naming pagtibayan yung tiwala namin sa isa’t isa para yun ang maging bread-and-butter namin yun sa next game,” he said.
Game 6 is on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.