Alex Cabsgnot and Arwind Santos are the only remnants of the San Miguel team in the pre-June Mar Fajardo era that won the season-ending 2011 Governors Cup championship and denied the TnT Katropa a grand slam. Jerome Ascano
ALEX Cabagnot can’t help but feel grateful for being one of the players responsible for planting the seed of the latest San Miguel dynasty in the PBA.
The 34-year-old Cabagnot looked back with a sense of pride at how he and Arwind Santos paved the way for a run of success that saw the Beermen bring home the Jun Bernardino Perpetual Trophy for winning the Philippine Cup championship for a third straight season.
He and Santos, 35, are the only remnants of the San Miguel team in the pre-June Mar Fajardo era that won the season-ending Governors Cup championship and denied the TnT Katropa a grand slam in 2011.
“We’re still here,” he said as he reminisced with SPIN.ph when the Beermen presented the glittering, million-worth Perpetual Trophy to team president and CEO Ramon S. Ang at the SMC headquarters in Ortigas during the weekend.
“Me and my kumpare (Arwind), we’ve been through a lot together. Lot of ups and downs, but yeah, we’re still here.”
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo would join the two a year after – along with Marcio Lassiter, and later on, by Chris Ross – in a move that would set the cornerstone of the franchise, although success didn’t come as quickly as the Beermen had hoped for.
Despite the team teeming with power, success proved elusive in turbulent years that came to be remembered as ‘Petro-novela.’
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