Focused on team contribution, Santos continues to defy age

Published July 25, 2021, 10:37 PM

by Carlo Anolin

At 40 years old, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos continues to display his vintage form with his athleticism and energy in the court.

Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beermen (PBA)

In Sunday’s game against NorthPort, Santos proved to be a force to reckon with after draining a game-winning shot en route to the Beermen’s 88-86 victory in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Santos drilled the go-ahead jumper with 1.2 seconds left off a Marcio Lassiter feed which enabled San Miguel to take its second straight win for a 2-1 record.

Santos, a nine-time PBA champion, scored 17 points, shooting seven-of-15 from the field, to go with five rebounds and three blocks.

As a veteran player, the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player said he wants to contribute as much as possible without pondering too much on his age.

Besides, he has his family to draw strength from as well as the responsibility in stretch four position along with Mo Tautuaa. To top it all, Santos has an unfading eagerness to play the game of basketball.

“Ako, ‘di ko iniisip kung ano ‘yong edad ko ngayon. Iniisip ko ‘yonng kung paano pa rin ako makakapag-contribute at makakasabay sa mga kabataan na magagaling ngayon,” said the former Far Eastern University product, who was picked second overall in 2006 by the Air21 Express.

Only Santos, LA Tenorio of Ginebra, 37, and Kelly Williams of TNT, 39, are the active members of the 2006 draft class.

Meanwhile, coach Leo Austria said Santos is the epitome that “age is just a number.”

“Makikita niyo naman sa performance niya and alam naman niya kung anong diskarte ko para sa kanya,” said the eight-time PBA champion coach. (Carlo Anolin) ###