DAVAO CITY – Ginebra rookie Chris Ellis may be the player to watch in the slam dunk contest of the PBA Annual All-Star weekend, but Arwind Santos is hopeful he could make a strong bid for the title especially with five-time champion KG Canaleta no longer around.
Santos will be vying for the crown along with rookies Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge, and another Ginebra player in Elmer Espiritu.
Barako Bull high-flying swingman JC Intal and Rey Guevarra of Meralco pulled out at the last minute.
Asked what he plans to do in the dunk event set this Friday, Santos said he might try the throw-the-ball-to-the-backboard trick which he normally does in practice.
“Siguro `yun ang gagawin ko," shared the lanky Petron forward.
But for better impact, Petron teammate Ronald Tubid suggested that Santos take advantage of his moniker 'Spiderman.'
"Pwede ding mag-dunk ka na naka-Spiderman (costume)," Tubid said jokingly.
But Santos is taking the competition seriously, saying he has kept himself in shape even after the early playoff exit by the Boosters.
“June pa ang ensayo namin (with Petron) so kanya-kanya muna kami ng pakundisyon," the 6-foot-3 perennial All-Star said.
"Tumatakbo ako sa amin saka nagpu-push ups, saka sit-ups. Kasi mahalaga para sa akin `yung kundisyon ang katawan mo para magawa mo yung gusto mo sa court," he added.