Forward Sean Anthony bagged his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award this season after a stellar performance against powerhouse Rain or Shine over the weekend at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The undersized NLEX “four-man” tallied a new PBA career-high 37 points, on top of six rebounds, five assists and a steal to deny Rain or Shine a top two spot and outright semifinal passage via its 111-106 win.
The former McGill standout was at his best in the final frame after knocking down 13 points, including the team’s last eight to complete the Road Warriors’ comeback effort from a 13-point deficit.
“Sean is a valuable piece in our system because he can play multiple positions, plus ‘yung binibigay niya is intensity inside the court na nadadala niya sa teammates niya,” said a beaming NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
Anthony, who averages career-best stats line of 20.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.5 minutes, bested Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Blackwater’s veteran playmaker Mike Cortez for the weekly citation.
NLEX will enter the quarterfinals as the seventh seed, where it will earn the right to face sister team Talk ‘N Text (sixth seed) on Dec. 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
On the other hand, Rain or Shine dropped to third seed but still enjoys a twice-to-beat edge entering the playoffs where it will square off with Blackwater on Christmas Day.