Granted that Mac Santos was playing in a recreational league like Next5Hoops, falling two points short of Wilt Chamberlain's NBA single-game scoring record isn't too shabby, especially when you realize that his Kings of the Court counterpart Herbert Vergara only dropped 77. Obviously, he was named Best Player of the Game after his team, Warfit Angelis Resort, demolished the opposition, 136-71.
While majority of netizens were amazed by the incredible feat, some criticized Santos for being a ballhog, even poking fun at his lone assist and size, and were disappointed after he failed to make history with one more basket. Still, others defended him for riding his hot hand and grabbing the opportunity to rewrite the record books.
In an interview with Santos, whom we learned is the barangay chairman of Elias Aldana in Las Piñas, he revealed that he wasn't supposed to dress for that particular match. "Actually, tatlong games na magkakasabay nung araw na yun. Inisip ko kung saan ako maglalaro. Dapat hindi na kasi medyo pagod ako galing sa feeding program."
He admitted that he initially wanted to erase the existing record of 50 points to bring home the victory and player of the game honors. Santos, who was a varsity shooting guard in college but whose career was cut short by an ACL injury, didn't expect that he would catch fire and burn the nets for a Golden State Warriors-esque 28 three-point shots, much to the delight of the crowd, his teammates, and at one point, even his opponents.
"Ngunit sa simula pa lang ng third quarter ay nakapagtala na agad ako ng 60 points, hanggang nagsunud-sunod na at hindi ko namalayan na umabot na sa 98," he shared. While talking about the opposing team's defense, he explained how they grew weary of his scoring prowess: "Umpisa pa lang tinatao na nila ako, pero nung nagtagal nagsawa na din sila, ha ha!"
As for his doubters, Santos simply gives them the shrug a la Michael Jordan, saying: "Ang habol ko lang makapagpapawis, bonus na lang yung nangyari sa akin." He is also grateful for those who recognized his ability. And his advice to ballers on the heavy side like him: "Hindi hadlang ang pisikal na anyo, na sa talento yan."