SEAN Anthony insisted it's defense – more than offense – that was key to GlobalPort's recent run of success in the PBA Philippine Cup, the latest a 101-76 blowout over Blackwater on Friday night.
The veteran combo forward sparked the Batang Pier’s breakaway, burying six three-pointers in the first half to set the tone for their second straight win following a 78-70 decision of Rain or Shine last week.
“Defense again, we held them under eighty points,” Anthony said. “Our offense just flowed and we stayed aggressive on defense. Coach wants us to keep teams under eighty, so another great defensive win for us.”
Anthony regained his touch after scoring just three points against Rain or Shine and missing all but one of his 11 shots, doing most of his contribution in other aspects with 13 boards, 12 assists, four steals, and one block
Against the Elite, Anthony finished with 22 points after making all but one of his seven treys, along with seven boards, five assists, and two steals in almost 33 minutes.
“Offense is going to flow, we got guys who can shoot, and some games they won’t drop, like last game for me, but other games it will,” Anthony said. “But as long as the ball moves, and we take the right shots, and play together, we’ll get the win.”
Anthony feels the Batang Pier are starting to get their groove after starting the conference with two defeats.
“That’s been our mentality – just get better every day,” the Filipino-Canadian cager said. “So from one day to the next, one game to another, I feel like….we started off poorly with NLEX, we kind of grew and had a good game agasint Ginebra but fell through in the end, then we’ve been building on our two wins, and a lot of it is the chemistry.
“We have a lot of new guys, so many young guys, a new coach, too, so our chemistry’s building, it’s getting better every day,” he added.