Finals MVP Arwind Santos. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Arwind Santos was named as the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Most Valuable Player for leading San Miguel Beer to its first all-Filipino title finish in 14 seasons.
Santos was among the most consistent among the Beermen, garnering 18.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game during their thrilling seven-game title encounter with the Alaska Aces.
In the winner-take-all Game 7, it was Santos who nailed the game-changing triple that turned the tide against a surging Alaska squad in the final 43 seconds.
“’Yung tira ko po na 'yon, kamay po ng Diyos ‘yon, kaya po kami nanalo,” said Santos in the post-game interview. “Wala po akong masabi, sobrang saya ko po talaga.”
The former FEU standout, who was also the 2013 season MVP, concluded the game with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks.
San Miguel engaged Alaska in a tightly fought best-of-seven finals.
The Aces took Game 1 before the Beermen equalized the series in Game 2. Alaska came back with a Game 3 victory, but San Miguel took two consecutive wins for a 3-2 series lead. Alaska then forced a winner-take-all by claiming Game 6.