FOR some reason, Sean Anthony has been time and again snubbed from playing in the PBA All-Star Game.
This year’s All-Star Game is something that he perhaps will gladly miss.
With NorthPort moving one win away from clinching aPhilippine Cup quarterfinal berth as the league heads into the All-Star break, Anthony said he will gladly focus on next Wednesday’s crucial match against Barangay Ginebra.
How important is the game against Barangay Ginebra? A win will put the Batang Pier in the quarterfinals outright, while a loss will likely leave them in a playoff for the No. 8 spot, possibly against Alaska.
“I’m focused on next Wednesday,” Anthony said. “The season is more important than any All-Star (Game). We are going to get in the guys that are not in the All-Star. We are all come together and make sure to get our shots up, conditioning, and our weights, and zeroed in for that game on Wednesday.”
The nine-year veteran said he will be using the All-Star break to rest and at the same time prepare mentally for the important game against Ginebra.
“I’m actually happy that I can just relax and focus on this win. I’m happy that I can get to the gym, relax my legs, and just make sure that I’m fully focused already,” said Anthony.
NorthPort put itself in a good position for a playoff run after defeating Alaska, 94-84, on Wednesday - its second straightwin after a shaky conference that saw them lose six straight games. On Sunday, the Batang Pier beat TNT, 109-83.
Anthony is glad that his team was finally able to get their bearings back after a losing skid that saw them blow fourth-quarter leads time and time again.
“We just held our composure, and didn’t force anything. We just relied on team defense and team offense. No one tried to do it all at once and that has been the key for the last two games,” said the Fil-Canadian forward.
“In our last game, our second unit stepped up and gave our main guys a break. We have the energy to sustain our effort in the fourth quarter. Our second group actually pushed our lead (against TNT) and gave us a breather to close out the game. It’s a great team the last two games,” he added.