While most of his San Miguel Beer teammates were cooling down their heels inside an oven-baked Cuneta Astrodome on Tuesday afternoon, Beermen forward Arwind Santos rounded up his shooting routine from certain points at the three-point region and headed towards the halfcourt line.
With his back to the basket, the 6-foot-4 Santos flicked home several attempts and—after four tries—saw his trick shot went in, much to the delight of his SMB teammates and coaching staff.
“Kabisado ko naman nang gawin,” Santos told FOX Sports, while taking a much needed breather at the sidelines, referring to his trick shot attempts that have become a part of his routine at the end of their regular training sessions.
“Tapos na akong mag-shooting, wala na akong magawa. ‘Yung tira kanina, parang estimation, tantsahan kumbaga. Lagi ko naman siyang ginagawa. Sinubukan ko lang dito sa Cuneta. Pero kanina na-shoot ko naman agad. Wala lang naman ‘yun, patapos na rin kasi ‘yung practice para sa game namin bukas.”
WATCH this shot by Santos from halfcourt:
— Jerome Lagunzad (@BudoyLagunzad) December 27, 2016
If Santos’ magical shot is any indication, then the reeling Meralco Bolts should be in for another struggle against defending two-time champion San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Roxas Boulevard-based venue.
While reigning three-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo has been the primary force down low with averages of 22 points and 17.8 rebounds on top of 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists per game, Santos has also proven to be reliable as ever underscored by his game-averages of 15.2 markers, 7.4 boards, 2.8 swats and 1.2 dimes in the Beermen’s near flawless 4-1 start.
However, Santos admitted he couldn’t contain his excitement over San Miguel Beer’s first match in nearly two weeks after they handled free-falling NLEX side with ease behind a dominant 106-80 victory in their out-of-town showdown at Cagayan De Oro City last December 17.
Trying to compound the woes of the Bolts (2-3), who have lost their last two matches, is precisely the immediate goal of Santos and the Beermen.
“Andoon pa rin yung excitement kasi matagal-tagal na rin bago ulit kami makakapaglaro. Tapos alam namin na bawat laro pa rin talaga ay importante. Kailangan naming manalo kahit galing kami sa mahabang ‘yung break,” he said.
Just like everyone else, Santos disclosed that he made the most of the Christmas Day celebration with his personal family and close friends. But that doesn’t mean the lanky forward has kept himself out of shape.
“‘Yung disiplina kahit alam mong maraming pagkain nu’ng Noche Buena, at alam mong pwede kang mapuyat, doon pumapasok ‘yung professionalism,” he stressed. “Kasi andun sa’yo kung paano ka magpapahinga at hindi iinom ng marami para hindi ka mawala sa tamang kondisyon mo.”
With San Miguel Beer eager to sustain its strong start, Santos said they’ll give their all to close out another productive year with a bang.
“Napaka-importante pa lalo’t running game ang laro bukas kaya nag-ready talaga ako dun personally. Talagang kukunin namin ‘yung game namin bukas,” he vowed. – Jerome Lagunzad
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