The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel may have gotten over the hump that is Joshua Smith, but they still went down 0-2 in their semifinal showdown against the TNT KaTropa in the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup.
After watching him have his way (35 points, 13 rebounds) in Game 1, Ginebra made life difficult for Smith (16 pts, 16 reb) this time around. Unfortunately, there were 11 other players on the team, and their collective enabled TNT to pull out a 107-103 victory and inch closer to a Finals berth.
The hefty import, who delivered in the clutch, told SPIN.ph, "They can make any adjustments they want. If they take me away, there are other people on my team who showed up today."
If you're wondering who Smith was referring to, skip to the 14:10 mark of the clip below and watch it until the end.
That awkward form just shot the KaTropa into contention. And the owner of that unorthodox style? Newly recruited and Best Player of the Game, Anthony Semerad, who hit all of his four three-pointers in the last five minutes and a half for a total of 14 points.
Along with his twin brother David, the Filipino-Australian won four championships (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) as a member of the San Beda Red Lions, and was even named Finals MVP in the final year of his collegiate basketball career.
Before capturing his last NCAA title, Anthony was drafted seventh overall by the GlobalPort Batang Pier, where he would spend two seasons as a role player. While he has the ability to knock down shots, the forward has made a name in the league for his defensive acumen, which explains his paltry scoring average of under five points per game.
A major shake-up saw Anthony being shipped to TNT, and his new squad wasted no time utilizing him as an elite stopper. His assignment this series? No less than the Barangay's reinforcement Justin Brownlee, who had to work hard for his 22 points—he took 24 shots in 43 minutes—in Game 2.
Now that he seems to have rediscovered his stroke, it won't take long before Semerad morphs into a dual threat that could impact the game on both ends of the floor.