With 27 seconds left in the game and a chance to keep Northport ahead, Kevin returned two free throws.
These mistakes directly affected Northport’s bid to advance early in the PBA Philippines Cup, as Magnolia took advantage later when Rome Della Rosa made the decisive triple that was the key to an 80-77 win for the Timplados on Wednesday.
Arvind Santos, however, did not sit with those misses.
“If we had chosen someone [from our team] To take this free throw, it would be him, ”said the experienced Northport forward.
“I (Kevin) said everything is fine,” added Santos, the 2013 league’s most valuable player. “I told her it was all her fault that she could not blame herself [and] So that he does not think that the world has fallen upon him. We trust him. I know we will recover in the next match. “
Everything is done for Santos Batang Pier. Scoring options. Locker room presence. Rebounder. Defender. Cheerleader
He refused to let Northport think too much about the team’s first defeat in three games in the tournament.
“The game was not for us. But at the same time, we have shown that we are really capable of fighting. We showed everyone, the PBA fans, that Northport could win, ”he said.
Northport actually found itself staring into a hole as deep as 17 points. It was able to fix the ship in the final frame and even give it a chance to survive in the dead moments of the game.
“Seventeen points back and we were able to catch up, and then we were able to take the lead? This is the best point for me, “he said. “Nothing is really impossible if we have our minds.”
“We had a lot of chances (to win the game) as well – free throws and the last shot we couldn’t. But that’s what it is, “he added.
At the forefront of that fight were Jamie Malonjo and Roi Sumang who each finished with 15 points. Santos, who is set to be named PBA Press Corps Player of the Year by Defender, led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds, a pair of blocks and a steal.
“That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.” “Instead of focusing on the negative, we can simply draw the positive so that we can be prepared [for the next game]”
Northport, now 2-1, will have a chance to return to the winning column when they play Blackwater at the Inares Center in Antipolo on Saturday.
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