ARWIND Santos couldn’t believe he let Petron and its fans down on the night he won a first-ever MVP award.
A special night for the league's newly minted best player turned into a nightmare when Santos made the horrific pass that aided San Mig's escape in an 86-88 victory over the Boosters on Friday night.
“Siyempre, malaki din yung huling pasa ko na nag-turnover,” admitted a forlorn Santos, who was one of the last few Petron players to leave the team dugout at the Mall of Asia Arena after the Game Four loss.
Just hours earlier, the 6-4 forward from Pampanga was the center of attention on a night he won finally won the MVP after several near-misses, along with a record-tying seventh All-Defensive team citation and a sixth Mythical First team honor.
It was all downhill from there, however, as Santos struggled for much of Game Four, making just eight points and forcing Petron coach Gee Abanilla to bench him for much of the fourth quarter.
When he finally returned in the endgame, he ended up making the errant turnover which deprived Petron a chance to go for a game-tying basket and allowed San Mig to escape with the win.
Still, Santos was ready to move on and focus on Game Five on Sunday.
“Nakapanghihinayang din na hinabol namin yung 23 points (halftime lead of San Mig). Pero kailangan mag-move on para kalimutan yung nangyari,” said the 32-year-old Petron forward.
"At least, kung parang see-saw man, Game 5 para sa amin na iyan."