PBA: 7 years after Powerade run, Anthony hopes to go all the way with no. 8 Northport
Paul Lintag on Nov 28, 2019 05:51 AM
“We still have some business to do. I hope we can do what we couldn’t with Powerade and go all the way.” — Sean Anthony. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
There are only four no. 8 seeds to beat a no. 1 team in PBA playoff history and Sean Anthony has been a part of two historic underdog teams.
In the 2012 Philippine Cup, Anthony was a Tiger when “no chance” Powerade upset B-Meg in the opening round to make it all the way to the Finals of the All-Filipino.
Fast forward to seven years later in the 2019 Governors’ Cup, Anthony is a Batang Pier as Northport stunned top-ranked NLEX in three overtimes to make the semifnals.
Add the fact the Northport was the one that bought the Powerade franchise for the 2013 season, Anthony has been an integral part of two history-making teams and is making his case as the most important Batang Pier ever.
“Two different experiences,” Anthony said when asked to compare that 2012 Powerade team to this 2019 Northport group.
One thing that’s not going to be different though is the bond that this monumental victory will create. The 2012 Cinderella run remains a special moment for that batch of Tigers.
This big win, in triple overtime no less, is something that’s going to be remembered by the Batang Pier that’s for sure.
“Powerade was a great team. To that day, when you do something like that, we’re still brothers. Doug Kramer just retired right? We still talk, everyone,” Anthony said.
“A big win, like a triple-overtime win like that, we’re gonna be brothers forever in this team. That just brings us closer,” he added.
The 2012 Tigers didn’t win a championship, with their run ending in Game 5 of the Finals as TNT wrapped up back-to-back Philippine Cup titles.
Anthony is hoping the 2019 Batang Pier can finish what that Powerade team started. Up next for the Batang Pier after the SEA Games is a semis duel against Barangay Ginebra.
“We actually have a long way to go, we don’t wanna get too happy although we’re super happy,” Anthony said.
“We still have some business to do. I hope we can do what we couldn’t with Powerade and go all the way,” he added.
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