Arwind Santos unfazed by rare San Miguel loss: 'Minsan kailangan din naming mabigo'
Arwind Santos a picture of frustration as Larry Fonacier and Ranidel De Ocampo celebrate TNT's win in Game Two. Jaime Campos

SAN Miguel saw its winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup finally come to an end following an 87-85 loss to TnT Katropa in Game Two of their semifinals series on Friday night.

For Arwind Santos, it could be the wake-up call the Beermen needed to come out an even stronger force.

“Sa 11 straight wins namin natural lang na minsan matitisod kami,” said the veteran forward following the setback that evened the best-of-seven series at one-game apiece. “Tama lang din yun.”

“Sabi nga nila hindi lahat ng hero, hindi nabibigo. Hindi lahat ng magagaling gaya ni Michael Jordan, nabibigo yan. Minsan kailangan din naming mabigo.”

The Beermen played badly but had the chance to win until the final seconds after battling back from as many as an 11-point deficit (75-64) in the final quarter to make it close.

But the reigning champions faltered in their final possession, with the 35-year-old Santos unable to put up a shot as a swarm of TnT defenders ganged up on him as the final buzzer sounded.

The one-time league MVP finished with just nine points, but had 12 rebounds in 37 minutes of play. He was 4 of 14 from the field, however.

Santos though, insists it wasn’t an off-night for him.

“Hindi naman. Para sa akin hindi bad game yung nangyari,” he said of the Beermen’s final play. “May mga sitwasyon lang na hindi mo magagawa yung gusto nila.”

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The lanky big man out of Far Eastern University is putting the loss behind and said it’s up to the Beerrmen how to respond to only their second loss of the season.

“Kailangan lang alam naming bumalik. Kailangan matuto kami. Yun ang improtante,” said Santos. “Kapag nabigo ka, natisod ka, alam mo kung paano ka tatayo.”


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