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    Extra practice, unwavering Black faith help Amer snap out of shooting funk

    Mar 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    IT was just a matter of being patient for Baser Amer.

    The four-year guard shook off a slow start and took charge when needed most in Meralco’s 126-123 double overtime win over NorthPort on Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

    Amer scored all but two of his 23 points in the second half, including 11 in the overtime periods to help the Bolts stay alive in the race for a playoff berth.

    The former San Beda star sank back-to-back three-pointers in an 8-0 Meralco run to start the second extra period, enabling the Bolts to take control for good.

    Amer later credited coach Norman Black for keeping the faith despite struggling on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half.

    “Binigyan niya ako ng tiwala kahit yung shooting ko ay masama, pero nandun pa rin ako sa loob,” said Amer, who finished 8-of-19 including 5-of-11 from three-point range.

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    Amer admitted he’s been on a slump of late, noting his shooting had been down to 15 percent in the Bolts’ last seven games,

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    But he willed himself out of the funk by doing extra shooting before and after practices.

    “Sa practice nagpupunta ako ng maaga and nag-i-stay ako ng late para mabalik lang yung kumpiyansa,” he said.

    And even with the bad start against the Batang Pier, Amer said he didn’t lose hope, aware that eventually his shots will begin to fall.

    At the same time, he just took what the defense of NorthPort gave him.

    “Kanina nabasa ko lang yung depensa ng kalaban. And as a point guard, kailangan mong makita yung ganoong sitwasyon,” said Amer.

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