PBA: Sean Anthony happy to be back on the floor for NorthPort
Santino Honasan on Sep 06, 2018 07:01 AM
ďIt felt good to be out there but I didnít feel completely up to speed,Ē
After being sidelined for over a month due to a calf injury, NorthPort’s Sean Anthony was back on the floor Wednesday evening in a 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup matchup against defending champions Barangay Ginebra.
And while Ginebra would get the better of NorthPort when it was all said and done, the Fil-Canadian forward still had reason to be happy. He was playing again, after all, albeit admittedly not being in optimal shape just yet.
“It felt good to be out there but I didn’t feel completely up to speed,” Anthony bared to the media after NorthPort’s 104-98 loss to Ginebra. “I mean, I just had two days of practice after sitting out for about over a month, so that was my first time playing five-on-five full court since last conference.”
In his first game back, Anthony started and logged in over 34 minutes of playing time and finished with nine points on 3-of-12 from the field to go with five assists, and three rebounds.
A decent outing from someone who’s just settling back into the lineup after a bit of time off, but Anthony believes that he could have done more.
“I missed a lot of easy shots, layups and stuff, but we got two weeks now for me to get fully in shape.”
With the league taking a two-week break because of the upcoming FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Anthony says that he’s got enough time to get himself into peak shape, especially since he admits to having been out of breath during the game.
“Today was one of the few times that I was really out of breath. Usually I’m full of energy and all over the place. I’ll be ready by the 19th.”
“It’s two weeks so I can actually run and do some conditioning and full court and get my lungs going.” he added.
As for his injury, Anthony says that there’s no more pain, but he finds himself still trying to get back in the groove.
“I felt no pain in the calf, I was a little less aggressive, I was not reallly - ‘buwis buhay’ as they would say. I was passing up a lot of stuff, but as I get more comfortable, I’ll be a little more aggressive.”
Anthony's return comes at the best time, with the Batang Pier needing all the help they can get, as they head into the two-week break riding a four-game losing streak.
With their last three losses coming via blowout, a six-point loss against the defending champions can be taken as a step in the right direction.
"As a team, today we stepped up a bit, defensively. We let them get to an early lead, and then we let them pull away at the end, but that middle part was the right defense that we should be playing, we just gotta start strong now and end it strong."
NorthPort returns to the court on the Wednesday, September 19th, against a Blackwater Elite team that's off to a 2-0 start in the Governor's Cup.
Anthony hopes that they can finally snap their losing run when the conference resumes.
"All we do is prepare, just keep going. Blackwater is playing really well, so we just gotta do our best to get ready and get that W. The first W."