The setback had the Boosters trailing the Mixers, 2-3, in the best-of seven title series.
The 6-foot-4 Santos finished Game Five with just two points, all coming from the foul line, while adding just four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes - the lowest playing time he’s had in the Finals.
His two points also tied a personal season-low.
“Pakiramdam ko parang naging distraction yung (MVP) award sa akin. Nilalabanan ko `yung emosyon ko ngayon,” said Santos as he tried to hold back tears after playing his worst game in the seven-game championship series.
Santos, also named Best Player of the Conference last week, said hearing the jeers from the crowd somewhat affected his performance.
“Siyempre tao lang tayo, naapektuhan din tayo ng game. Siguro kailangan ko` yung mga kasama ko, sana tulungan nila ako at magtiwala pa rin sila,” added the 32-year-old, seven-time All-Defensive team member.
The former Far Eastern University Tamaraw star is hopeful the Petron coaching staff led by rookie mentor Gee Abanilla will continue to support him despite back-to-back dismal performances in the series.
In Petron’s first back-to-back Finals losses, Santos averaged 25 minutes while seeing his scoring dip to 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, a far cry from his conference averages of 11.7 points and 7.2 rebounds.