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    Aug 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño
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    ARWIND Santos stressed San Miguel can’t be satisfied with their Game Two double overtime victory on Wednesday night that tied the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series.

    The San Miguel veteran said the Beermen still have a lot of adjustments to do especially after his team still had to earn the victory despite the absence of Terrence Jones and Troy Rosario in the third overtime.

    Jones was ejected from the game late in the first overtime for a second technical foul, while Rosario fouled out.

    “Binigay namin ang todo todo,” the 38-year-old Santos said, referring to both teams. “Nung natapos laro, naisip namin lalo ako na-tie namin. Kung matalo kami, medyo nakakahiya ng konti kasi wala na ngang Terrence Jones, matatalo pa kami. Medyo nakakahiya ‘yun.”

    “Mabuti na lang, kahit papano, nanalo kami. Pero makikita mo, marami pang adjustments kasi wala nang Terrence Jones, muntik pa kami matalo. Talagang kulang pa. Marami pang dapat gawin.”

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    Santos only had one point in the game along with four rebounds, but was mostly doing his role on the defensive side particularly against Jones, who was ejected after hitting Chris Ross in the lip late in the first overtime of Game Two.

    The Beermen later won the game, 127-125, to tie the series at 1-1.

    Santos said San Miguel definitely needs to defend the three-point shot which has been the lifeblood of TNT all conference long. Despite converting 18 threes, San Miguel still gave up 16, most of which came in the crucial stretch of the game.

    “Dapat kilalanin namin kung sino dapat ang sinandalan nila lalo na’t ganyan crucial. Katuland nung mga shooter nila, ‘wag basta basta iiwan. Wag mo buhayin. Matagal na kaming magkakalaban, alam mo na dapat laro nila. Wag mo basta iwan.

    “Hindi bale kung hindi shooter, puwede mong iwan. Mga shooter nila ang nalilibre kaya sila nakakahaboll,” Santos said.

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    Santos hopes the Beermen can use the Game Two victory as a springboard for the series.

    “Sobrang ikli ng preparation… Bahala na. At last, ang maganda nito, nai-tie namin ang series,” said Santos.

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