PBA: Anthony on Northport's late run: "We can't afford to lose one game"

Paul Lintag on Oct 12, 2018 07:57 PM
Anthony on Northport:
On the brink of elimination, Northport has no choice but to play well.

Finally working with complete pieces, Northport is making a late push to make the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs.

Missing Stanley Pringle to national team duty and Sean Anthony due to injury in the earlier parts of the conference, the Batang Pier struggle for a woeful 0-6 mark, including blowing a 23-point lead in a loss to TNT.

But since that improbable collapse against the KaTropa, Northport has recovered to post back-to-back wins, each victory coming with a strong fourth-quarter stand.

Anthony who averaged 25.5 points in those two wins, says that the Batang Pier finally got their execution right, albeit it coming late in the Governors' Cup.

"That's the thing, we've been working on our execution. We've been competing in practice where we have to win scrimmages," he said Friday after Northport beat Meralco.

"We're learning how to execute and find the open guy, it's been working the past two games and hopefully it carries through," Anthony added.

On the brink of elimination, Northport has no choice but to play well.

In their last two games, the Batang Pier did just that as they look to steal one of the final postseason tickets.

"I mean, our backs were against the wall. We can't afford to lose one game so it was just one game at a time and play our hearts out," Anthony said, who scored a team-high 26 against the Bolts, including a clutch triple in the final minute.

"Luckily we were able to close it out in the fourth quarter. Meralco brought it back, it was a huge scare. We were lucky to pull it out with a win," he added.




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