As SMB fall 0-2 behind, Arwind Santos sees no need to take more shots in Fajardo absence
San Miguel star Arwind Santos has taken a combined 24 shots in the first two games of the PBA Finals, but he sees no need to attempt more. Jaime Campos

ARWIND Santos reiterated there’s no need for him to take more shots than what he has taken for San Miguel Beer so far in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska.

The SMB star, who registered just four points on 11 attempts in Game One, turned slightly more aggressive with 10 points on 13 attempts in their 83-80 Game Two loss on Tuesday night.

His offensive production still leaves something to be desired considering the absence of main man June Mar Fajardo, but the former league MVP isn't about to change the way he plays.

“Kung selfish lang ako, sasabihin kong kailangan ko ng maraming tira, pero hindi ako ganun eh,” Santos said. “Nakikita ko naman 'yung flow nung games namin at kahit hindi ako umiskor, lumalamang kami eh basta dumedepensa lang ako.”

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Santos, who scattered nine boards, two blocks, and one steal, was scoreless in the fourth quarter where the Beermen still stayed within distance and even took the lead momentarily.

“Titira ako kung kailangan namin umiskor, kung malilibre ako,” Santos said. “May mga times na dalawa ang nagco-commit sa akin, so libre yung kasama ko. 'Yun yung tiwala ako sa kasama ko. Ipapasa ko. bakit ko pipilitin?

“Kahit maging zero points ako pero lahat naman ng kasama ko pumuputok at nakakalamang kami, (okay lang),” he added.

“Yung maliliit na bagay na lang talaga: free throws,” Santos continued.

The Beermen missed eight of their 24 attempts from the foul line, including two by Yancy de Ocampo that could’ve given SMB the lead in the endgame.

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