ANTHONY Semerad simply considered himself an accidental hero in GlobalPort’s dramatic double overtime victory over Meralco in Sunday’s PBA Governors Cup.
A wide-open Semerad hit a clutch corner three in the final 14.9 seconds of the second extra period on a perfect crosscourt pitch by Stanley Pringle for the game-winning basket, 126-123, as the Batang Pier stopped the bleeding after losing their first four matches this conference.
The other half of the famed Semerad twins finished with a career-high 24 points, including 6 of 8 from three-point range.
Prior to his best game as a pro, Semerad had a total of 12 points in the three games that he played in the conference and was 2 of 9 from three-point range, and 5 of 17 overall from the field.
“I was just in the right spot at the right time,” said Semerad, one of the last two players to go out of the Batang Pier dugout along with big man Yousef Taha.
“I guess I like to run back and get in that corner every time in the sideline, in the three-point line,” he added.
Semerad somewhat anticipated what Pringle was going to do in the team’s final play that he positioned himself well at the right corner spot of Globalport’s basket at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I just love running back and getting open in that spot,” he stressed. “And it was a good spot tonight.”
Despite a personal high in his young pro career, Anthony didn’t fail to acknowledge the help he got from his teammates at the end of the draining game.
“It feels good, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. It was a team effort,” said the Globalport wingman.
Finally breaking through the win column, according to him, will somehow help the Batang Pier regain their confidence following a slow start to the tournament.
“It’s good to be back on the winning side. We’ve lost four games already, so getting that win, and getting the chance to stay in the playoffs, it’s a good feeling,” said the former San Beda stalwart.
“This will gonna help us, give us a good push. We know that everything’s coming together now, and we can continue getting those wins.”