Sean Anthony on Globalport’s 27-point loss: 'Nobody stepped up tonight'

Santino Honasan on Jun 20, 2018 08:10 PM
'Nobody stepped up tonight' - Sean Anthony on 27-point loss
“We didn’t play well, myself, and everyone. No one stepped up tonight.”

Facing a new-look Phoenix Fuel Masters squad who traded away veteran shooter Jeff Chan to Ginebra a day ago, Globalport Batang Pier had a golden opportunity to improve their standing in the closing stretch of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round.

Instead, the Fuel Masters jumped out to a 41-22 advantage after the first quarter, and never looked back as they cruised to a 135-108 win, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was a must-win for 4-6 Phoenix, who find themselves at ninth place, just outside the playoff picture.

Now, Globalport, who sits at seventh place with a 4-5 slate, also find themselves placed in must-win situations from here on out.

“Phoenix had to win to stay alive, and they came out playing ready, with their backs against the wall, so we came in and we weren’t ready,” said Globalport forward Sean Anthony, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort. “We weren’t ready for that so now our backs are against the wall so we gotta come out the same way that they came out tonight, on Friday. We can’t let our composure get out of control.”

And while they were indeed playing a now Jeff Chan-less team, Anthony doesn’t see it as much of a missed opportunity.

Instead, the 32-year old Fil-Canadian believes that Phoenix’s role players did a good job of stepping up in place of Chan.

“I wouldn’t say that, I mean guys come in and out and step up. Whoever, the guys that came in, the role guys like [Mike] Gamboa, had a bunch of points, JC Intal came in and had nine points, Karl Dehesa came in, and [Jason] Perkins, they all had guys step up and play and build up their confidence like that.”

“The guys who filled in for Jeff Chan stepped up tonight, and we couldn’t stop ‘em.” Anthony added.

Speaking of guys stepping up, it was something that Globalport lacked, Wednesday night, says Anthony.

“We didn’t play well, myself, and everyone. No one stepped up tonight.”

While Globalport got decent contributions from Malcolm White, Stanley Pringle, and Paolo Javelona, who all reached double-figures in scoring as well, Anthony believes that it was their defense that needs to be addressed.

The Fuel Masters did, put up 135 points, after all. 41 after the first quarter, 70 by halftime, and 107 after the third.

“They shot sixty-something percent and scored like a hundred-and thirty points, you’re never gonna win. We just gotta get back and get our team defense on point. That’s all it was, defense. Horrible defense."

Anthony and Globalport get a chance to bounce back on Friday, June 22, when they take on Columbian Dyip at the Araneta Coliseum.

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