SEAN Anthony lamented seeing one of his best games with Globalport went down the drain, yet believes the team will only get better from hereon in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Anthony was in a zone on Sunday night, firing a game-high 29 points in an effort that went to waste as the Batang Pier fell to unbeaten Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The veteran Fil-Am shot 12-of-19 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished off three assists. But the Batang Pier failed to sustain their effort and fell short in the face of a huge comeback by the Kings.
If there’s a silver lining in Globalport’s second straight loss, Anthony said there’s no way to go but up for the team.
“Our lack of team chemistry and youth showed, but those are things we can improve on and we will get better on that,” he said. “We’ll learn to close out games down the stretch, but we just got to learn quicker.”
The Batang Pier led for most of the way and were up for the last time at 96-95 following a three-pointer by Stanley Pringle inside the final three minutes.
But Japeth Aguilar scored on an emphatic dunk from a perfect LA Tenorio feed before making the corresponding free throw to put the Kings in front for good, 98-96.
“We had the lead for almost the whole game until the end, we had our spots but we just didn’t close it down the stretch,” said Anthony.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone admitted the Kings were just lucky to come out victorious against the gritty Batang Pier.
“They were great, Pido (Jarencio) had his team ready to go tonight,” he said. “I was impressed. Anthony played great.
“We kind of stole this one tonight. It’s not a game we could be proud of, but we’ll take it because it’s a ‘W’ in the standings."
Anthony is not about to feel down.
“We’re all upset that we lost, and going down 0-2 is not the way we want to start,” Anthony stressed. “But we have a lot of positives coming from the NLEX game to this game. We’re growing, and we’re getting better as a team.”