May 14, 2018

Arwind Santos hints at import change after San Miguel absorbs second loss

ANTIPOLO -- Arwind Santos has been in the league for so long to know that a 0-2 start should prompt any team to think about pushing the panic button.

The urgency should be all the more prevalent for this San Miguel team, which came to the season with heightened expectations and a Grand Slam aspiration to boot.

"Oo naman, alarmed kami. Syempre maikli lang yung season kaya importante yung makakuha ng panalo," he said.

The Beermen once again failed to make a breakthrough in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, this time losing to Rain or Shine, 119-123 in overtime on Sunday.

The defeat kept the powerhouse squad winless through two games and triggered murmurs of necessary changes, with the most obvious pointed at import Troy Gillenwater, who has been unimpressive in his stint in the pro league.
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Even Santos hinted the possible change, saying: "May mga adjustment kaming gagawin, and hindi ko lang alam, baka may changes kami. May sinabi yung mga coaches na may changes, so sila na bahala dun."

Though ending up on the losing end once again, the 2013 PBA MVP said that San Miguel remains upbeat as it saw significant improvements in the tiff compared to its conference-debut against Meralco.

"Hindi naman namin nakita na malaking kawalan yung import namin kasi maraming beses na dumaan ang San Miguel sa ganyang sitwasyon. Lalo na ngayon na nandyan si Christian (Standhardinger), malaking bagay kahit wala kang import, may kapalitan si June Mar (Fajardo) sa loob," he said.

That's why together with his fellow Beermen, Santos isn't losing hope.

"May pag-asa pa naman kami at malayo pa. Pwede pa rin namin makuha yung top two kasi yun ang goal namin eh," he said.
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"Pero kung hindi kami papalarin, ganun talaga ang buhay. Hindi laging doon ka sa ibabaw. Minsan nandoon ka rin sa ilalim, pero hindi ibig sabihin na susuko kami."

San Miguel turns its attention to Alaska on Saturday in Dumaguete, with hopes of finally chalking one in the win column.(DL)