DOES anyone still doubt Meralco is for real?
Bolts forward Sean Anthony believes five victories is more than enough to prove they are no pretenders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Bolts sustained their surprising start in the import-spiced conference on Sunday when they nipped the Globalport Batang Pier, 86-84, behind Josh Davis’ game-winning runner that tightened their grip on the lead.
As if that’s not enough, Anthony feels the Bolts have only scratched the surface of what they can achieve under coach Norman Black.
“We’re definitely for real,” the Filipino-Canadian workhorse stressed. “But at the same time, we’re still working on getting better. And I think we still haven’t reached our full potential.
“Like coach Norman keeps saying, we’ve got to get better every day,” added Anthony, who tallied eight points and one steal in 20 minutes against the Batang Pier. “So we’ll keep working hard, keep improving, and keep fine-tuning our game.”
Anthony, though, admitted he’s surprised of the Bolts’ sizzling start after they missed the semifinals of the Philippine Cup.
“Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but we’ve been working hard and we believe in ourselves,” Anthony said. “In this league, we believe we can win every game, but at the same time we respect every team because we know any team can beat us.”
And what’s the secret to the Bolts’ early success?
“Our team defense,” Anthony said. “We’ve cleaned up our defense from last conference. We really protect the rim.”
Pieces of evidence: the Bolts are No. 1 in the league in forced turnovers with 16.8 and third in both points allowed (81) and steals (eight) in their first four games.
“And our import is amazing,” Anthony added, referring to Davis. “He gets rebounds, he deflects shots, he can score, and he’s a great team guy - a combination of everything.”