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    Extra work paying off as Amer becomes ‘sniper’ for Meralco

    Nov 2, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BASER Amer’s extra work has been paying off as he continues to become a weapon from three-point range for Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

    Amer has been shooting 46 percent from three-point range, a big reason why Meralco is currently in a share of third place with Barangay Ginebra with a 5-2 win-loss record.

    Last season, Amer was shooting 33 percent from threes in the Governors’ Cup, while converting an average of nearly two per outing. This conference, Amer has been making an average of three a game including hitting four twice, and a high of six.

    “Baser Amer is becoming a sniper for us,” Meralco coach Norman Black said.

    Amer is crediting his improved play from the outside with extra work, as he spends his mornings with former Meralco assistant coach Xavi Nunag for skills training before going to Meralco practice in the afternoon.

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    “Kasi nag-iinvest ako ng time sa court. Halos kalahating araw ko, nasa basketball,” Amer said. “May 8 to 10 a.m. ako kasama si coach Xavi tapos 1 to 3 p.m. sa Meralco. ‘Yung kalahating araw ko, nasa basketball.”

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      Amer wakes up early to make it from his home in Cainta to White Plains to train with Nunag.

      “Kinausap ko nung offseason si coach Xavi kung puwede niya akong tulungan tuwing umaga. Gising kami 6 a.m. kasi sobrang traffic na nun. 7:30 a.m. stretch, tapos ‘yun na ‘yung 8 to 10 tapos 1 to 3 sa Meralco,” Amer said.

      “Kasama ko si (Chris) Newsome. Pinapractice lang namin weakness namin, pick and roll, shooting, dribbling kasi kami ‘yung inaasahan sa team. Kailangan mag-double,” said Amer.

      Amer is happy the time he invested has been paying off, as he is averaging 18.7 points this conference, up from 11.9 last year in the Governors’ Cup.

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      “Kapag nagwowork hard ka, pagdating sa game, sobrang dali na lang.”

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