Arwind Santos atoned for a big miscue down the stretch by sinking the game-winning basket in San Miguel Beer’s 88-86 squeaker over gritty NorthPort Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Santos capped the Beermen’s well-executed play off a timeout by taking the pass from Marcio Lassiter and coolly sinking the straightaway 15-footer that proved to be the climax in the nail-biting finish.
“Ako hindi ko iniisip kung ano na edad ko ngayon,” said Santos, who turned 40 years old last month. “Ang iniisip ko kung paano pa rin ako makakapag-contribute sa mga kabataan ng magagaling ngayon.”
Indeed, Santos did not show his age, ultimately complementing CJ Perez’s 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals with 17 points, five boards and three blocked shots.
Both teams came into the game looking for a second straight win in three games, but it was coach Leo Austria’s charges who came out victor in the end despite blowing a 16-point lead and a nine-point fourth quarter.
“I hope this momentum magtuloy-tuloy na because we have another game on Wednesday and after Blackwater we have two big teams, Ginebra and Magnolia,” said Austria. “This (win) is badly needed and I’m happy na we snatched this game dahil this could give us some momentum going to the next three games.”
|July 25, 2021||2:00 pm||PBA||2021 Philippine Cup|
|Ynares Arena Pasig|