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Fifth All-Filipino crown one of the toughest say Santos, Cabagnot
by Reynald Magallon, May 16, 2019 12:51am
There was no doubt in the mind of San Miguel Beer stars Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos that the road to their fifth All-Filipino crown was one of the toughest they have encountered in their five-year reign in the Philippine Cup.
The Magnolia Hotshots pushed the Beermen to their limit leading numerous times in the series before surrendering the Game 7 to the five-peat champions. Still, the Beermen had to overcome a 17 -point lead in the third frame before grinding out the victory in a see-saw affair in the final minutes of the game. The Beermen, known for their offensive prowess clamped down on the defensive end in the final minutes to seal the victory.
"One of the toughest. We came back 13-points down," said Cabagnot who drilled the go ahead basket with a tough fadeaway jumper.
"Just the situation, being down 13 points, tapos our shots weren't going in tapos we're making careless turnovers so we just have to regroup and be positive just continue playing hard and sticking to the game plan," said "The Crunchman."
Santos echoed Cabagnot's sentiments saying that he ranked the championship second to their historic "Beeracle" run in 2015 overcoming a 0-3 deficit in the series against the Alaska Aces
"Ako masasabi ko maliban sa beeracle eto yung pangalawang pinaka nahirapan kami na kunin yung championship, sobrang nakakakaba pero dito pa rin nasusubukan yung tiwala namin," said Santos after SMB's dugout celebration.
Santos credited Beermen's camarederie and chemistry for overcoming the huge deficit in the game.
"Kahit nagkakamali na bawat isa sa dami ng tunover namin, di pa rin kami nag karoon ng sisihan factor. Wala sa amin 'yun. 'Yun 'yung ganda ng samahan ng san miguel, tingin ko isa yun sa nagdala," Santos explained.
"Mabuti na lang sa amin binigay ng Diyos."
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