Coach Boyet proud of Gilas ‘last man standing’ Baser Amer
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 04, 2018 01:04 PM
Baser Amer has made his alma mater San Beda proud once more
NCAA Seniors and Juniors champion, NCAA Finals MVP, PBA D-League champion, PBA All-Star, PBA Finals runner-up – Baser Amer has won for himself many, many titles.
Last Sunday, he was given another one – last man standing.
Amer was the only Gilas Pilipinas player on the floor as they defaulted their FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers matchup to visiting Australia.
Just moments before, the now infamous free-for-all broke out, ejecting nine Filipinos and leaving Amer, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood as the only players at the disposal of head coach Chot Reyes.
Amer did not play a single second before that, but was thrust into action when play resumed with the three Philippine players going up against five Australians.
He did not play for long, however, as Fajardo and Norwood were instructed to foul out so that the game could be put to an end with Gilas losing by default.
And so, at the end of the game, Amer was the only Gilas Pilipinas player on the court.
That wasn’t much different from when he was the only Filipino left on the bench as it cleared during the free-for-all.
For Boyet Fernandez, Amer’s mentor in San Beda University in 2013, that was just his former ward staying true to his self. “Happy ako sa kanya kasi at least, hindi pa rin nawawala sa kanya yung ugali niyang mabait and hindi sumasali sa kung ano-ano man,” he said.
That the former Red Lion was the last man standing on the Gilas bench and then on the floor at the end of the game was nothing but a source of pride for his former mentor as well as his alma mater. “Nakita ko siya na last man standing. I’m happy and proud of him, lahat kami sa San Beda,” Fernandez said.
He then continued, “Ever since na-handle ko siya, maganda na naman talaga yung attitude ng bata. Happy ako sa kanya.”
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