FIL-CANADIAN banger Sean Anthony considers his transfer to Meralco as an opportunity to get a fresh start to a career that not too long ago was running smoothly like a well-oiled machine until an injury abruptly cut it.
Anthony said he has since recovered from the Achilles heel tendon he suffered in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup and is ready to get back to his dive-for-looseball and play-hard-nosed-defense approach to which he has become known for.
“I’m definitely healthy. I rested for about a month-and-a-half, and then rehabbing and strengthening then for the last month-and-a-half as well,” said Anthony, who debuted with 14 points, three steals, and two rebounds to help the Bolts to a 112-108 double overtime win against Barako Bull last week.
Until the injury came along, the 6-foot-4 forward from McGill was playing the best season of his pro career with Air21 last year especially during the nid-season Commissioner’s Cup where he averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in leading the Express to a gigantic quarterfinal upset of no. 2 seeded San Miguel Beermen.
But it was also during the same when Anthony sustained the injury on his left foot, which eventually sidelined him for the remainder of the conference.
And while he managed to return in the season-ending Governors Cup, he wasn’t able to regain his old, deadly self.
Now comes this fresh start with the Bolts.
Although Meralco is one of the undersized teams in the All-Filipino tournament, Anthony said the defense-first mentality under new coach Norman Black will greatly help the Bolts in their quest for a strong showing in the season-opening meet.
“It’s a different system than Talk ‘N Text, but the same emphasis of coach Norman is always on defense. That’s always a strong part of my game, while offensively, we have a lot of scorers, lot of guys who can run the floor,” explained the 28-year-old Meralco forward, who played under Black at Talk `N Text in the early part of last season.
Meralco does not have a dominant man in the middle, but even that won’t be a cause of concern, according to Anthony.
“You look at the frontline, look at papa Rey (Reynel Hugnatan). He held his own, he posts up and moves. He may be undersized, but he’s one of the strongest guys out there, and he makes up for it with hustle,” he said.
“But if he faces Asi (Taulava) or June Mar (Fajardo), I guess it’s doubling and scrambling, and we’ll use our hustle and energy that way to disrupt the guy.”
Meralco shoots for a 2-0 start when it faces winless Blackwater (0-2) next Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.