San Miguel almost paid the price of overconfidence, admits Arwind Santos
Arwind Santos bailed out SMB withsix clutch points in the final quarter. Dante Peralta

ARWIND Santos admitted overconfidence almost got the better of San Miguel Beer in a game against depleted Alaska on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen teetered on the verge of defeat after trailing by as many as 15 in the second quarter, and were still down, 88-86, in the final two minutes as the Aces, playing with just a 10-man rotation, proved too tough a customer until the endgame.

Good thing, Santos delivered in the clutch along with Marcio Lassiter and RR Garcia to help the reigning all-Filipino champions escape with a thrilling 93-88 win.

Santos, who finished with 16 points including six in the payoff period,  said the Beermen almost paid the price for playing a ‘bit complacent.’

“Dahil alam mong kulang, alam mong wala yung mga key players nila, minsan nakakampante na alam mo kaya mo sila, na kaya mong talunin. Minsan masama yun, e,” said the veteran forward. "Ang nangyayari akala mo bibigay, yun pala ang mga players nila ang ganda pa ng nilalaro.”

“Parang lumaban ka sa track and field na pilay ang kalaban mo. Kapag inunahan ka ng pilay, nakakahiya.”

If ever, San Miguel’s second win in three outings serves as a big lesson for the team, according to Santos, whose basket with 42 seconds to go tied the game for the last time at 88-all.

“Kailangan talagang ayusin namin. Alam naming lahat ng team ang lalakas at kumpleto na, kaya hindi kami dapat makampante,” he said.

“Kung kami pinaghahandaan nila, kailangan din naming paghandaan sila.”

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