Arwind Santos says SMB will target 8th spot then beat number one team

The San Miguel Beermen absorbed another stinging setback in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Still smarting from a 36-point beating it received at the hands of the streaking Magnolia Hotshots, the reigning Philippine Cup champions fell in overtime to the lowly Columbian Dyip, 134-132, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The loss to the Dyip was the 2nd time this season for the Beermen, the 2nd consecutive and 5th overall this conference for a 2-5 record which is good for 10th place in the team standings.

San Miguel team captain Arwind Santos admitted after the loss that the team always struggles during import-laden conferences.

“Pag may import talaga, ang San Miguel nahihirapan mag-adjust. Like ako, minsan hindi mo alam kung ika-kwatro mo ako, ite-tres mo ako. Yung position ni June Mar Fajardo saka nung import namin, halos pareho,” said the 13-year PBA veteran.

“Minsan hindi nagiging effective, minsan effective. Ang coach dapat ang makakagawa ng paraan, hindi kami,” he added.

The 38-year old native of Angeles City, Pampanga, however, is still upbeat on the Beermen’s chances of getting into the playoffs even if it means taking the difficult route.

“Hindi kami masaya sa 2-5. Kahit mapunta lang kami sa top eight. Eighth position na lang. Minsan, na-experience ko na mangarap ng mataas. Pangarapin naman namin yung top eight tapos lalabanan namin yung number one, twice-to-beat tapos tatalunin namin. Parang ganun na lang siguro,” said the 8-time PBA champion.

“Doon muna kami magsimula. Huwag muna kami maghangad ng malaki. Doon muna kami sa maliit.”

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