PLAYOFF basketball was at its finest early in Game Six of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals when Semerad twins turned opponents Anthony and David went at it in one play that left the latter with a broken nose.
The Semerads saw each other battling for the loose ball that led to a jumpball, after which Anthony accidentally hit David’s nose with his elbow.
The Texters’ Anthony apologized and congratulated his brother, a San Miguel Beer substitute forward, after the 115-91 Game Six win that clinched the series for the Beermen.
“I didn't actually know I broke his nose,” Anthony insisted. “I was telling him sorry about that, but congrats, congrats, good game.”
“We were just going at it, going hard,” he added. “Then after the jumpball, I went to sprint and he likes to stick to me like glue. I guess he was just so close to me when I did the run, I accidentally hit him. Unlucky, unlucky. I didn't even know I hit him.”
Anthony insisted it was nothing personal and was just in the heat of the moment.
“Off the court, everything's normal, everything's fine,” Anthony said. “We're having dinner, we're going to the gym together. But I guess, on the court, he's the guy initiating it and wanting to go hard. But yeah, it's part of the game so it's okay.”
“It's done,” David said for his part. “During the game, I was a bit irritated, but now, we're cool, we're cool.”
Anthony was held two points and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench after providing significant support early in the series, while David, a seldom-used SMB sub, even put up better statistics than his brother with four points and one rebound in just two minutes.
David also had the last laugh.
“It's hurting a little bit, yeah, a bit crooked,” David said. “But it's worth it for the championship.”