SEAN Anthony hopes he’ll be good to go in the playoffs after hurting himself during NorthPort’s all-important 100-97 win over Barangay Ginebra in the final playdate of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
Anthony couldn’t exactly pinpoint the nature of the injury which the Batang Pier do-it-all forward suspects could either be a groin problem or pulled hamstring. The 33-year-old Fil-Canadian said he felt pain in his thigh area after he lunged for a loose ball.
“We’re going to check it out right now. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious,” said Anthony before proceeding to St. Luke’s hospital to undergo an MRI test.
Anthony finished with 19 points and six rebounds while shooting 3-of-6 from three-point range in the win that formalized NorthPort’s entry to the quarterfinals after notching a third straight win - and fifth in 11 games overall.
But he sat out the final half of the fourth quarter due to the injury, and watched his teammates pull off the win behind a huge three-pointer by rookie Robert Bolick inside the final minute of the game.
“The coaching staff told me to just sit it out because we had a lead. Our guys pulled it off, Bolick hit a huge shot and we pulled it off. So it’s good,” said Anthony.
As the seventh seeded team, NorthPort faces No. 2 Rain or Shine in a pairing in which the Batang Pier need to beat the Elasto Painters twice to advance to the semis.
“Rain or Shine is a great team. They move the ball really well, they got great big men, great shooters, James [Yap] is playing unreal and shooting the ball really well. So we’ll watched some tapes and start doing our homework,” Anthony said.
Coach Pido Jarencio however, is concerned about the health of Anthony.
“Siya lang ang main concern ko. Sana maging healthy siya sa quarterfinals,” he said of Anthony.
“Hindi ko na nga ibinalik dahil ayaw nating ma-aggravate yung injury,” added Jarencio. “Eh, Big Three natin yan, Sean, Mo [Tautuaa], and Stanley [Pringle], pero nagde-deliver din naman yung ibang players. Kailangan mag step-up lang nila.”
But Anthony assures he’ll be fine.
“Nothing really too serious, just a little sore. That’s why we tested it a little bit. It’s a slight swollen so they just don’t want to make it worse,” he said.