With Petron fielding in a power forward as their reinforcement in the Commissioner’s Cup, Arwind Santos was not expected to have his usual double-double performances in every game. However, his versatility will still be a big boost for the team coming off the bench, providing offense and playing defense even in a limited amount of time.
Arwind Santos’ length is still one of his biggest advantages even in this conference where taller imports owned the paint. For a player whose minutes (26 minutes per game) dropped as compared to previous conferences, Arwind still wounded up as the leading local rebounder of a Petron squad with 7.06 boards a game. Playing as the back-up to Renaldo Balkman in the first half of the conference and then to Henry Sims in the latter part of the tournament, Arwind did a pretty good job in rebounding considering that he had to share minutes with their import and Jay Washington at the four spot.
The recently concluded Commissioner’s Cup has been a roller coaster ride for Arwind. Though he may have played well in some games, he was inconsistent all conference long. One game he will play like an MVP candidate but the next two games, he will go missing. As a player who prefers to play the power forward position, he tried to do too much of what he can, forcing his shots most of the time. The 2011 Governor’s Cup Finals MVP shot poorly from the field as he logged in a measly 37% shooting clip. For a power forward, he attempted too many three-point shots, making only six out of his 39 attempts en route to a poor 15% shooting from the rainbow territory. His inconsistency is not only on offense but in defense as well as he had a nightmare trying to stop Ranidel De Ocampo in the quarterfinals series wherein he just couldn’t stop the sweet-shooting Talk ‘N Text forward from wreaking havoc in offense.
This Commissioner’s Cup might be the worst showing of Arwind under the San Miguel franchise. Inconsistency was his main problem all conference long and he was slow to adjust to his role as a second fiddle to their imports that played the power forward spot most of the time. As a player who insists that he performs well at the power forward position, he shot too many three-pointers and he played bad defense in the quarterfinals when it mattered the most.
Petron Blaze Boosters Approval Ratings
|Dorian Peña||Chico Lanete||Joseph Yeo||June Mar Fajardo||Dennis Miranda|
|Jay Washington||Ronald Tubid||Arwind Santos||Marcio Lassiter|