As long as they are alive and kicking, expect the San Miguel Beermen to give everything they’ve got as they try to keep their title-retention bid alive on Sunday.
San Miguel veteran forward Arwind Santos said they won’t just surrender their Governors Cup title eadult even though the Beermen now trail the best-of-five series, 1-2.
“Ang maganda lang nito, may chance pa, habang may chance, hindi kami titigil,” said Santos, whose team absorbed a stunning 96-97 loss to Ginebra, no thanks to Japeth Aguilar’s game-winning shot in Game 3 on Friday.
Though pushes to the brink of elimination, Santos would like to believe that Game 4 could go either way.
“Di lagi sa kanila, malay mo Game 4 kami naman,” said Santos, who missed a crucial layup late in the game that eventually led to Aguilar’s endgame heroics on the other end.
While San Miguel had a timeout to burn when the team secured the rebound following Ginebra’s missed attempt, the 6-4 Santos raced down the court, got a long pass from ace playmaker Alex Cabagnot before going for the layup.
Unfortunately, the one-time PBA MVP failed to convert.
“Bakit ko pagsisihan yun, tira ko yun,” he said. “Di lang pumasok tsaka may sitwasyon talaga na minsan, hindi komo magagaling hindi nagkakamali.”
“Ang akin lang, bilang player, kaya kong ihandle ang mga ganyan kasi pag ako di ko kayang ihandle, di ako makakaabot na narating ko ngayon,” he added.
Santos said the Beermen cannot afford to let that loss haunt them when they play the Kings again on Sunday.
“Siguro kailangan lang namin alagaan yung kumpiyansa namin sa bawat isa, di pa naman tapos ang laban 2-1 lang. Siguro mas dapat lang kami maghanda pagdating nitong Game 4,” he closed. – Jason Mercene
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