Basking in the spotlight after his fiery Game 2 explosion, unlikely hero Anthony Semerad vowed to gladly take any open threes given to him by Ginebra all day.
“If I can do it again, why not,” said Semerad, whose 4 triples in the last five minutes of the game sealed the deal for TNT. “I’ll come back in confident and if it’s open, I’ll take it.”
He finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
Semerad’s coming out party for TNT couldn’t have come at a better time as the Katropa run away with a commanding 2-0 lead following a gut-wrenching 107-103 victory at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Fil-Australian sharpshooter, who was taken from GlobalPort as part of the Larry Fonacier trade during the elimination round, submitted his finest performance for the Katropa with a clutch display of shooting. The win moved TNT within a win away from a returning to the Finals since 2015.
But Semerad had to defy his personal struggle first – his shooting woes – in the first three quarters while defending Gin Kings’ athletic import Justin Brownlee, who pushed him to commit 5 fouls.
“I took a couple of shots in the first quarter and I missed those so I just wanted to stay focused on defense,” he said. “I just have to be careful with my fouls. I just need to come in next game a little bit smarter.”
After an electrifying performance, the former San Beda stalwart is pumped up and does not want to let the opportunity to make it to his first ever finals as a pro slip away.
“I just want to give it all my best, give every shot that I can take and hopefully we can get there this time [championship], for me it’s my first time [in the PBA],” he said. “The ball came to me and I just hit those shots.”
Luckily for TNT, he was at the right place at the right time.
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