BASER Amer had one of those days when almost everything seemed to go in, as his three-point explosion keyed San Beda’s 89-55 victory against Mapua on Friday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Red Lions star fired seven triples on the way to a 21-point output as his team notched a second straight win and gained a share of the lead with San Sebastian.
And it seems Amer’s exploits almost reminded Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez of his own long-range forays in his heyday.
“I’m just happy that Baser made his threes,” said Fernandez, a long-range assassin during his playing career in the PBA. That’s how confident he is right now. I hope he continues to play the way he plays.”
“I also challenged my boys after the game against JRU,” Fernandez said, referring to the Lions’ 57-49 win over the Bombers on opening day when they made just three of their 16 attempts (19 percent) from beyond the arc.
Against the Cardinals, the Lions made more than 50 percent of their tries or 14 of 27 attempts, half of the conversions coming from Amer, whose shooting was a testament to his extra work in practice.
“Credit to our coach,” the fourth-year point guard said. “At before and after practice, may time talaga kami for shooting.”
“Kami naman lahat (pina-practice ang shooting),” Amer added as Anthony Semerad also shone from long distance with four makes. Even Roldan Sara and Van Abatayo joined the three-point scoring party with three conversions combined.