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Arwind still optimistic despite SMB's struggles

San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos. Photo from the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA – Despite suffering a slump in the ongoing Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel’s Arwind Santos believes they can still turn the series around against Alaska.

The defending champions are now down 0-3 in the race-to-four PBA Finals and part of the reason they have been losing is that the 2013 Most Valuable Player was struggling with his shots against the Aces.

In Game 3, Santos had an atrocious 2-of-11 three-point shooting, including his attempt in the final minute that could have tied the scores 78-all. But his shot didn’t sink in and Alaska went on to claim an 82-75 win for their third straight victory in the series.

”Hindi pumasok yung mga tira ko. Andun naman yung play namin at pina-practice ko rin naman yun,” the PBA website quoted Santos as saying.

(READ: Alaska goes home to Manila with hard-fought 3-0 Finals lead)

”Nakapag-ensayo naman kami dito. Kung titingnan mo yung shots ko, diretso eh pero malakas lang,” he lamented. ”Minsan talaga ganun yung nangyayari. Nandoon naman yung puso ko para i-attempt yung tira, pero hindi lang nagco-connect lang talaga.”

Alaska will have the chance to wrap up the series in Game 4 on Sunday and claim its first all-Filipino title since 2000.

Santos, however, remained positive that they will avoid a sweep and turn the series to their favor.

”May isa pa kaming buhay natitira,” he said. 

”Hindi pa naman tapos. Kahit maliit na lang yung tsansa, at least nandun pa rin yung salitang tsansa. Malalaman kung nandoon pa yung puso namin sa susunod na laro.”

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