SEAN Anthony was having a bad shooting game for Globalport on Friday. And so he didr the next best thing – crash the boards and find open teammates.
Anthony ended up grabbing 13 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists in leading the Batang Pier to their first win in the Philippine Cup, 78-70, at the expense of Rain or Shine at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The effort saw the Fil-Canadian wingman becoming the first player to register a rebound-assist double-double in the last eight years. Chris Ross, now with San Miguel, was the last to do so with 12 rebounds and 10 assists in an 88-85 win over Powerade while still with Meralco in 2010.
“I couldn’t hit a shot,” he said with a chuckle. “But it’s okay. I just tried to take what the defense gave me, and they were sending a lot of help and putting me in situations to set up my teammates, so I just give it up to the open guy.”
Anthony said he wasn’t actually aware of the feat he just did as he was more concerned about making up for his woeful shooting.
“I didn’t know that. I don’t know what to say,” he added.
Anthony sizzled the last time with the Batang Pier, scoring a season-high 29 points in a 104-97 loss to Barangay Ginebra Kings. But he fired blanks against the Elasto Painters and finished just 1-of-11 from the field for two points.
“There’s a lot of shots that I could have made, that I just missed, and didn’t fall my way,” he said of his offensive struggles.
“I couldn’t hit my open shots, and then there’s a lot of help defense. So I just tried to set up my teammates. I just tried to do the right plays and that’s getting my teammates involved.”
“It didn’t really matter as long as we get the ‘W.’ That’s all that matters.”