BASER Amer knows a player is only as good as his last game.
Coming off an individual milestone, the Meralco point guard refused to rest on his laurels as he sustained his fine play for Meralco in the team’s 81-66 victory over Phoenix in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
A week after making his first All-Star appearance in Cagayan de Oro last Wednesday, the Davao native stepped up his work in practice, seeing it translate against the Fuel Masters when he registered a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, along with three assists in 30 minutes.
“Pagbalik ko galing ako All-Star, back to grind talaga, more time sa weights, more time sa court,” Amer stressed. “Talagang double time sa shooting, lay-up, drills, lahat, together with coach Ronnie (Magsanoc) and kuya Jimmy (Alapag) para mabalik yung rhythm ko.”
And the sophomore point guard is hoping the Bolts, as a unit, will also sustain their fine play even after clinching a postseason berth as they now aim for a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round.
“We have three games pa na natitira, ‘di dapat namin ibalewala yun,” Amer, an early Most Improved Player of the Year candidate, said. “Pagbalik namin sa practice, work hard ulit.
“Credit rin sa coaches rin talaga,” he added. “Sila yung nagsasabi ng tendencies ng kalaban, so pag sinunod mo yun, sobrang dali lang talaga ng basketball.”
Coming off a 16-day break, the Bolts enter another long layoff as they play just one game in the next 20 days to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship.
“Okay lang naman kasi nagte-training naman kami and conditioning,” Amer said. “Ganun talaga, part of basketball yun, kailangan rin nating isupport yung SEABA, pag may game sila for sure manunuod ako, kailangan rin nila ng support namin.”