Mar 21, 2019

Sean Anthony not giving up on NorthPort's playoff bid

Sean Anthony knows exactly what ails the NorthPort Batang Pier.

And right now, things don't look good for the team that has been on a free fall, it's hard to tell when it's going end.

NorthPort's fortune has turned from encouraging to frustrating it's hard to imagine how else could coach Pido Jarencio motivate his troops, their pride in tatter after absorbing their sixth straight loss on Wednesday - a 103-90 heartbreaks against Magnolia Pambansang Manok.

"We always play really well in the first three quarters, only to fall apart in the fourth," observed Anthony, who scored 22 points and grabbed eight-rebounds that went to waste.

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The Batang Pier opened the campaign in the Philippine Cup with victories against Blackwater and NLEX but never had any success after that because of what Anthony said was their inability to close out the game.

"It's always been the fourth quarter," Anthony lamented. "Every game, we've been up at some point and fall apart in the fourth. We have to close out the game."

With a 2-6 (win-lost) record NorthPort is in danger of elimination but Anthony is not giving up hope.

NorthPort has three more games left in its schedule and he feels the Batang Pier could still crash into the quarterfinals if they could only play consistently for 48 minutes.

The Batang Pier take on the TNT KaTropa on Sunday (March 24), Alaska on March 27 and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on April 3.

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Interestingly, all three teams are well within the cut to make the eight-team quarterfinals with TNT and Ginebra currently on a roll.

Still, Anthony believes it's not too late for NorthPort to turn things around.
"We still have a good chance, we just have to figure this out," he said. (JT)