Semerad kept shooting until he was TNT's hero
In the final 5:21 of the game, the former San Beda Red Lion single-handedly carried the KaTropa to a commanding 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Gin Kings in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup playoffs, firing four straigth triples straight to the heart of Ginebra.
Entering the fourth quarter of Game 2 against Brgy. Ginebra, Anthony Semerad managed a grand total of eight points for the entire best-of-5 semifinal series.
In fact, he was virtually a non-factor for TNT during Tuesday's clash at the MOA Arena, scoring only two points and committing five fouls.
But that all changed in the final 5:21 of the game when the former San Beda Red Lion single-handedly carried the KaTropa to a commanding 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Gin Kings in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup playoffs.
Acquired by TNT in a trade just last month, Semerad played his best game yet for the flagship MVP franchise, and his performance was a clutch one as the KaTropa barely escaped a tough Ginebra squad.
Down 93-96, Semerad fired four straight triples starting at the 5:21 mark of the fourth quarter to give TNT a 105-103 lead in the final 53 seconds.
His impeccable shooting display proved to be the difference TNT needed to offset Ginebra's adjustments to limit import Joshua Smith, who starred for the KaTropa in Game 1.
"I just wanted to stay focused. I took a couple of shots in the first quarter and I missed those so I just wanted to stay focused on defense, watch my fouls," Semerad said.
"The ball came to me and I just hit those shots. I mean for all of us, if we have an open shot and it's a good shot, [we] take it," he added.
Embracing the "keep shooting" mentality, Semerad is prepared to do it again as TNT looks to close out the barangay and move on to its third Commissioner's Cup Finals in the last four years.
He's extra motivated as well as another win means that he gets to compete for his first-ever PBA title.
"If I can do it again, why not. I'll come back in confident and if it's open, [I'll] take it," Semerad said.
"I just want to give it all my best and hopefully, we can get there this time," he added.
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