From most valuable to most unreliable
MANILA, Philippines - Arwind Santos soared to the pinnacle of his playing career with an MVP award in the title series and just as quickly hurtled down to its depths.
That seemed to be how things have turned for Petron Blaze stalwart, whose game took a downswing ironically after bagging the elusive MVP crown.
And with Santos a virtual non-factor in the last two games, the Boosters found themselves on the brink of disaster four days after moving on the verge of going 3-1 up in the PBA Governors Cup Finals.
If they fail to rebound in Game Six, they would blow away a tournament they have dominated from the elims to the early part of the playoffs.
The ones taking the pivotal 3-2 lead in the series, the San Mig Coffee Mixers have a chance to close it out tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum or in Game Seven Friday in the same venue.
“We need him in the series,” said Petron Blaze coach Gee Abanilla, pointing to Santos as a big missing piece for his team in the title playoff.
“He’s one of the reasons why we reached this far. And if he contributes more, it will be good for us,” Abanilla also said.
The giant dip in his performance is undeniable, ironically coming after he claimed the elusive MVP trophy in the 2013 Leo Awards Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Santos hastened their Game Four downfall with a crucial miss and an error in the closing seconds, then became a complete non-factor in their 103-114 loss in Game Five Sunday.
He was inconsolable after Sunday’s game, the last man to emerge from their dugout already an hour and a half after the match was over.
“Hindi ako magiging superman sa next game. Pero pipilitin kong makatulong kahit sa depensa, konting rebounds at konting puntos (I will not turn superman in the next game. I’ll just do my best to be able to help even on defense or a few rebounds and a few points),” said Santos, his eyes still wet with tears.