TOUGH Meralco forward Sean Anthony is hoping the team would find renewed energy in their next games, saying the Bolts have been allowing themselves to be pushed around.
Two weeks after Alaska dealt Meralco a franchise-worst 41-point spanking, the Bolts got their behinds kicked again, 107-79, this time by the hot-shooting Rain or Shine squad in the PBA Philippine Cup’s road game on Saturday in Davao.
A review of the video of that embarrassing defeat, led to a conclusion by Anthony that the Bolts were not physical enough.
“We watched the tape and saw our mistakes. We will learn from them and move on,” Anthony told Spin.ph, who wound up with just six points on 3-of-9 shooting from the floor.
“I don’t think the physicality was excessive. If anything, we weren’t physical enough with them and let them push us around a little too much.”
Rain or Shine punished Meralco with 13 three-point shots, with Best Player of the game Paul Lee knocking down four triples, while Jeric Teng and TY Tang adding two each in a dominant display of outside shooting.
The loss dropped the Bolts to an even 3-3 record, denting their chances of finishing in the top two that would guarantee an automatic seat in the semifinals.
The 6-foot-4 Anthony believes they are capable of bouncing back strong, despite dropping their last two matches in the season-opening conference as long as they bring back their defensive intensity.
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“We need to bring back a defensive mindset and outwork our opponents again,” said the Fil-Canadian forward, who has been averaging all-around numbers of 9.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals this conference.
Meralco returns to action on Friday when it faces the third-running Barangay Ginebra at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.