SAN Miguel Beer won’t let its successful past against Alaska affect its present goals as the Beermen and the Aces renew their rivalry on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen have had the Aces’ number in the last two seasons, conquering them in the three times they’ve faced in the finals over the last five conferences, including in the Philippine Cup where SMB overcame a 3-0 deficit to pull off the greatest comeback the league has ever seen.
But SMB star Arwind Santos believes that reliving that glorious past hardly does anything to the present as their title-retention campaign heats up.
“Wala na yun. Tapos na yung storyang ‘yun. Nalaktawan na rin yun, so medyo nakalimutan na ng tao,” Santos insisted in a short chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Tuesday. “Ang tao naman, naaalala nila yung present eh.”
“Pag binalikan natin yun, basta kami, ngingiti lang kami, dahil kahit papaano, yung part na yun, blessed kami,” he added with a smile.
SMB reasserted its mastery of Alaska, 116-96, the last time the two teams met, in the Commissioner’s Cup elimination round.
They face off anew at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the finals of the last edition of the season-ending tournament, a best-of-seven series which the Beermen swept, after sister teams Meralco (4-3) and NLEX (3-3) square off in the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m.
Still, Santos said the Beermen are more concerned about bouncing back from a 98-92 loss to GlobalPort in Antipolo last Friday as they seek a fifth win in seven games that will get them a piece of second spot with sister squad Ginebra and Mahindra.
“Sa Alaska, hindi na namin tinitingnan kung ano yung past,” Santos said. “Importante, kailangan namin manalo kasi ang season, sobrang ikli at dikit-dikit lang yung schedule.”
The Aces are sporting a win-loss record below .500 at 2-4, but are seeking to gain momentum following an 85-69 rout of Star last Saturday in Panabo.