SEAN Anthony welcomed his reunion with Franz Pumaren at Globalport as well as the change in scenery after having to endure losing night in and night out at NLEX.
Anthony was back to his do-it-all self after firing 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds in his debut game for the Batang Pier, who revived their playoffs hopes with a huge 94-86 upset of Meralco in Wednesday night’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Fil-Canadian wingman felt at home right away with the Batang Pier after playing under Pumaren with Air21 previously. He said nothing much has changed with the way the Globalport coach runs his system, making it easier for him to adjust to the way the team plays.
“For the most part, it’s the same (system),although there are changes here and there,” said Anthony, playing in his seventh team in seven seasons in the league.
Anthony came over following the major four-team trade that saw the Batang Pier also get rookie Jonathan Grey and big man Bradwyn Guinto while giving up JR Quinahan, Anthony Semerad, and draft picks.
The 31-year-old native of Vancouver, British Columbia said he expected NLEX to initiate a trade with the losses piling up this season.
“I knew they (NLEX) were gonna do something. I knew they’re gonna do some movements. I think when you lose what, 12 or 13 straight, you’ve got to make moves,” said Anthony. “So I wasn’t surprised when the trade went down.”
He believed the trade worked well with all parties concerned, particularly for both NLEX and Globalport.
“Coach Yeng (Guiao) got two veteran guys to lead the team who will run the system. And Coach Franz and I get along really well, so it’s a mutually beneficial trade for the best of both teams.”
Anthony said the losing streak he endured with the Road Warriors was the longest in his career. Yet that hasn't diminished his respect both forthe organization and Guiao.
“I learned a lot from Coach Yeng. He’s a great coach,” he said of the fiery mentor. “A lot of the stuff will gonna stick with me. It’s a great learning situation when you go through tought times like that. There’s a lot you can learn from it.”