NEVER mind that Sean Anthony has found himself in the middle of two controversial calls of late. The immediate goal now for NorthPort is to finish strong going to the stretch run of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.
Anthony said he’s ready to put behind the two heartbreakers the Batang Pier suffered against Phoenix and Meralco in which the ‘breaks of the game’ didn’t go their way in the endgame.
Frustrating as it may, the do-it-all forward stressed there’s no need to cry over spilled milk, and instead look forward to the team’s last five games starting against defending champion San Miguel on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’ve got to move on and have a quick turnaround. We’ve got to start stringing some wins together,” said Anthony following NorthPort’s 126-123 double-overtime loss to the Bolts last Friday.
The Batang Pier lost a six-point spread in the final 30 seconds of regulation. They still led 102-100 with two seconds left, when game officials called a jumpball instead of a foul against the Bolts as Anthony tried to hold on to the ball.
The call led to Meralco converting on a last-second alley-oop play by John Pinto to Chris Newsome that sent the game into overtime.
Prior to the loss against the Bolts, the Batang Pier also felt they were on the wrong end of the officiating opposite the Fuel Masters when Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul against Justin Chua in the final 47 seconds after converting a three-pointer that could have broken a tight 96-all contest.
That resulted in Jayson Perkins winning the game for Phoenix, 98-96, with two free throws in the endgame.
Unless he’s willing to pay the fine, Anthony is not about to pinpoint the game officials as the culprit for the two crucial NorthPort losses.
“It’s a stuff that’s out of our control, so we just got to keep moving on,” said Anthony.
“Calls, I think aren’t an excuse. We’ve got to be able to pull out wins ourselves,” he added.
The Batang Pier by the way, are on a four-game slide after winning their first two games of the conference.