Through hardships and triumphs, San Miguel has been toughened by the challenges thrown their way over the past two seasons.
That’s why it’s no surprise that the Beermen had enough poise to gut out the 72-70 win over Ginebra on Sunday, prompting team captain Arwind Santos to unearth the old San Miguel mantra of “Iba na ang may pinagsamahan (We go a long way).”
“Sobrang proud ako sa team namin sa samahan, kasi ito yung best team talaga para sa akin. Iba yung turingan namin sa bawat isa. Sobrang buong buo na at wala ka nang hahanapin pa.”
There’s no denying Santos’ statement with the way the Beermen have been rolling this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, distancing themselves from the pack as they occupy the pole position at 7-1.
The 2013 PBA Most Valuable player said that the team’s chemistry has been the key in the team’s great run so far, now at six straight wins, with stars willing to take the back seat and reserves doing the extra mile all for the benefit of the squad.
“Lahat dito willing to sacrifice na ibigay yung bola imbes na ititira mo na lang. Walang magagalit kahit magbwakaw ka kasi dito, automatic naman eh. Kumbaga, makakaramdam ka naman eh, mahihiya ka kasi sa team namin, lahat dito pwedeng umiskor, pwedeng asahan. Walang malaki ang ulo rito,” he said. “Kumbaga, yun ang pinaka bread and butter namin. Kaya kami nasa number one ngayon dahil ang ganda ng samahan namin. At kung maganda yung samahan niyo, maganda yung ipapakita ng team.”
It also shouldn’t come as a shock that San Miguel is in the top half of the league in points (95.6 points per game), rebounds (53.4 boards) and assists (20.5 assists per game) per outing.
Despite injuries and off-nights, the Beermen have found a way to fill in for one another with every player knowing their roles all for one common goal.
“Yun ang nakakatakot sa team namin. Di alam ng teams kung sino ang kakamada sa San Miguel. Alam ng bawat isa ang part nila, kung ano ang dapat mong gawin, ano ang dapat naming i-adjust, at nakukuha namin agad yung mga yun.”
San Miguel returns to action on Friday against Rain or Shine.