SINCE recovering from an injury, Sean Anthony has been shying away from taking the shots he was usually taking.
Not on Friday.
Anthony had a big game in NorthPort’s 99-94 win over Meralco when he topscored for 26 points as the Batang Pier collected their second straight victory since going 0-6 to start the season.
Anthony said he has found his rhythm after missing three games due to a calf injury.
“My injury took me a couple of games to find my rhythm. I had to give myself a good hard look at the mirror. I was shying away in the fourth quarter and stuff,” Anthony said.
Anthony made the crucial baskets, hitting four of his seven shots from threes, the last one that gave NorthPort a 98-91 lead to seal the win.
Anthony said practices have been competitive for the team these past few days, and that fire has translated into the court.
“We’ve been working on our execution. We’ve been working on competing in practice where we have to win scrimmages and stuff. We are learning how to execute and find the open guy. It’s been working in the last two games. Hopefully, it carries through,” said Anthony.
Having Stanley Pringle following his stint in the national team has also given NorthPort a lift.
“Stan is a huge part of the offense. He is the one that drives this team. Not having him for the first three games was big,” said Anthony.
Anthony is also glad to close the game out in the fourth, something that was lacking early in their campaign.
“Our backs are against the wall. We can’t afford to lose one game. We just have to take it one game at a time and play our hearts out. It’s another game that we were able to close out in the fourth quarter. Meralco brought it back, gave us a huge scare, and we are lucky to pull out a win,” Anthony said.