STRANGE as it may seem, do-it-all forward Sean Anthony's best game of the season came against former team Barako Bull as he emerged with a near double-double in leading undermanned Talk `N Text to a gut-wrenching 118-113 overtime win in their PBA Governors Cup match on Friday night.
The 6-foot-4 Anthony, a bruising forward, never backed down against the Energy Cola, with whom he played for the past two conferences, as he churned out 23 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and two assists to earn Best Player of the Game honors.
He also did well defensively against Barako Bull import Mike Singletary, who after exploding for 26 points in the first half, was held to just 15 the rest of the way, including a scoreless stint in the extra period as cramps set in.
“They (Energy Cola) played their hearts out. They are great guys, too. Of course, on one sense I’m happy because we won the game, but on the other, I feel bad for them (Energy Cola) because they played their hearts out as well,” Anthony said after the game that saw him played for 46 minutes after being sparingly used during his short stint with Barako Bull.
Anthony was part of the three-team trade that saw him land at Talk ‘N Text. Jared Dillinger and Don Allado ended up with Meralco, while Ronjay Buenafe and Gilbert Bulawan went to Barako Bull.
The 27-yeard-old Anthony said he likes where he is right now, saying he’s got a big opportunity to grow more in his budding pro career due to the presence of numerous veteran players at Talk ‘N Text.
“I mean they (Talk ‘N Text teammates) are a great group of guys. And we’ve got a great coach,” said the McGill University product about his new home.
“This team is selfless. You just give up your personal goals and play for the team. We just moved the ball to make sure whoever gets it, can hit the open jump shots.”
Anthony finished the game with five three-pointers, as he was the recipient of Talk ‘N Text import Tony Mitchell’s numerous kick-outs after attracting the double-team.
With the four Talk `N Text players who are part of Gilas Pilipinas still out for the team’s next three games, Anthony said he’s ready to play more minutes and hold the fort with the rest of the team until Jimmy Alapag, Jason Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo, and Larry Fonacier return midway in the short, import-spiced conference.