Jul 03, 2022

Santos joins elite PBA 10,000-point club

ARWIND Santos credited a career spared of injuries for the latest PBA milestone he achieved.

The former MVP joined the league's elite 10,000-point club on Saturday night in yet another feat that defined this future Hall of Famer.

Santos reached the mark early in the third quarter when he scored on a fade away against former teammate and good friend June Mar Fajardo during the Philippine Cup game between San Miguel and NorthPort at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 41-year-old pride of Pampanga became the 17th member of the special group and only the third player in the last 21 years to achieve the feat after former MVPs James Yap (2017) and Mark Caguioa (2018).

It's the latest personal achievement too, for the lanky forward whose career appeared to gain a second wind recently after making it to last season's Mythical First Team and All-Defensive Team, respectively, while being named as Defensive Player of the Year as well.

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Santos mentioned being bereft of major injuries in his 16-year career allowed him to join the special group of players that include the likes of four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, Robert Jaworski, Atoy Co, Bogs Adornado, Abet Guidaben, Allan Caidic, Philip Cesar, among others.

"God is good dahil wala akong injury na malala, healthy pa rin ako, nakakapag-perform pa rin ako at the same time. Hindi ko talaga akalain ito," he said.

Santos so far amassed 10,012 points after finishing with 25 on 10-of-20 shooting from the field in the Batang Pier's 122-106 loss to the Beermen. (RG)