A MORE focused Arwind Santos is expected to show up come Wednesday when Petron Blaze attempts to drag San Mig Coffee to a sudden-death Game Seven in their PBA Governors Cup Finals series.
The 6-foot-4 Santos said he felt so much better after his talk on Monday with Petron team manager Siot Tanquingcen, who assured him of the team's unwavering faith despite back-to-back dismal performances that led to the Boosters losing Games Four (88-86) and Five (114-103).
“Salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa akin, saka after ng usap namin (with Tanquingcen), ang iniisip ko na lang ngayon eh paano ako makatulong sa team,” the newly-crowned PBA MVP told Spin.ph before the team’s Tuesday practice.
Santos broke down in tears on Sunday night after the team lost back-to-back games for the first time this conference. Petron currently trails, 2-3 and will have to beat San Mig on Wednesday and Friday to put an end to the franchise’s two-year PBA title drought.
The 'Spiderman' averaged just 5.0 points on 4-of-16 field goal shooting as well as 3.5 rebounds in the Boosters' last two games, numbers that suddenly cast him in a bad light just days after being named the Best Player of the Conference and MVP.
Nonetheless, a more confident Santos said he's eager to bounce back and is one with his teammates in saying they don't want to take the vacation yet after Wednesday.
“Unang-una, gusto pa naming mag-practice sa Thursday. Di naman namin iniisip ngayon ang Game Seven, kundi sa ngayon, iniisip lang namin ang manalo kami sa Game Six,” he added.
The 32-year-old Santos also wants to dedicate Game Six to his ailing mother Arceli.
Mrs. Santos, who regularly watches his son's games since his collegiate days at Far Eastern University, was admitted on Monday in a hospital in Marikina, according to the reigning league MVP.
“Nasa ospital si mama ngayon sa Marikina. Sabi ko naman sa kanya ang importante eh ligtas lang siya,” he said.