ARWIND Santos says the transition to a new coach and new import has been smooth for Petron, bolstering his confidence that the Boosters are bound to rise from the debacle of the past two conferences.
Santos said the Petron system has not changed much under recently-promoted head coach Gee Abanilla, and import Elijah Millsap is starting to understand his role in the frontcourt.
“Importante lang talaga na magtiwala kami sa bawat isa. Kay coach Gee, wala namang gaanong diperensya sa plays. Di kalaki ang pinagbago,” Santos said.
Santos has averaged 14 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes in Petron’s first two games in the season-ending conference, which the Boosters split for a 1-1 record.
The former FEU star also said he himself has learned to adjust to multiple roles under Abanilla's system, which has seen him shifting from small forward to the '4' spot depending on the personnel on the floor.
“Kung nagti-three (small forward) ang import namin, nagka-kuwatro (power forward) ako. Ang importante lang naman, nagtutulungan kami,” he said.
Aside from switching roles with the import, the Petron forward nicknamed 'Spiderman' said he’s ready to sacrifice his offense for the good of the team, which has a battery of shooters including Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz and even guard Alex Cabagnot.
“Mas maganda nga ngayon kasi mahirap depensahan ang ganitong team namin. Lahat kasi puwedeng pumutok any time,” he added.