Air21 forward Sean Anthony took the blame for a woeful second half that saw the Express lose, 97-84, to San Mig Super Coffee on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Anthony, coming off a hand injury that sidelined him for the past six weeks, played well in his first game of the conference for the Express, contributing 19 points.
He shot 14 points in the second period alone as Air21 pulled to within 44-45 at the half.
But everything fell apart come the third quarter as San Mig employed a choking defense, leading to numerous transition baskets that set the tone for the one-sided endgame.
“I haven’t played in six weeks, and have only been practicing for three days,” Anthony told Spin.ph after the game. “In the first half, things have been coming for me, but in the second half, I lost my legs.”
Anthony said the Express’ sorry second half had a lot to do with the Mixers’ 29 fastbreak points as well as 21 turnover points in the game.
“Twenty-nine fastbreak points and 21 turnover points, for a total of 50, that’s on us. That’s just effort in the end. I guess part of it, I was tired and I wasn’t running on defense too. But it won’t happen again,” said the 28-year-old former McGill standout.
Anthony said things will only get tougher for the Express when they face the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Monday followed by the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, two games that could well determine their playoff chances int the import-spiced conference.
“Hopefully, we could get through the best-of-three series, so we just got to come through,” he added.