PBA Finals: Baser finally gets big game vs. Ginebra in Bolts win
Paul Lintag on Jan 11, 2020 07:40 AM
Amer played a key role in the Bolts’ series-tying victory, coming up with 17 points and hit five triples on over 50 percent shooting from the field. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
LUCENA — Meralco head coach Norman Black wanted a big game from no. 1 point guard Baser Amer in the Governors’ Cup Finals against Ginebra and with Game 2 Friday here, he got one.
Amer played a key role in the Bolts’ series-tying victory, coming up with 17 points and hit five triples on over 50 percent shooting from the field.
With the Gin Kings coming back from a 19-point deficit, Amer hit two crucial triples that put the Bolts back up by 10 with two minutes to go.
Meralco ended up needing both of those shots as they only managed to win by two in the end.
“There's nobody happier than me to see Baser really break out and explode against Ginebra,” Black said of Amer.
“A lot of those shots were some long-range threes. I hope he can continue to do that on Sunday, when we play them again in Game 3. I think it will give him a lot of confidence going forward,” coach Norman added.
For Baser, it was important for him to finally get the ball rolling in a playoff game against Ginebra.
“Finally. Gusto ko pag patapos na laro, gusto ko nasa laro ako. Yun naging mindset ko na kailangan ko mag-bounce back,” he said.
“Yung mga teammates ko and coaches, espcially si coach Norman, mino-motivate nila ako. Everytime pag Ginebra kasi, medyo down laro ko. Nandiyan sila lagi para i-motivate ako. Sobrang appreciate ko yun.
Breaking out of his Ginebra slump, the key now is to do it consistently for Baser.
“Sobrang challenge sakin, kasi once na maganda laro ko talagang malaki chance manalo sabi ni coach,” he said.
“I take that responsibility. Hindi na ako yung dati na pasundut-sundot lang. Malaki na responsibility ko sa team,” Amer added.
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