NEW ADDITION SEAN ANTHONY DROPS 18 AS BARAKO OUTGUNS AIR21

Sean Anthony felt right at home on his new team.

After being traded to the Barako Bull Energy Cola, by way of the B-MEG Llamados, from the Powerade Tigers, Sean Anthony looked comfortable with his new squad, hitting a key free throw in the endgame to help his team win their first Philippine Cup game, 90-87, against the Air21 Express, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The bigs carried the fight for the Air21 Express in the first quarter with Mark Isip and Nonoy Baclao doing most of the damage. Barako Bull, on the other hand, banked on Ronald Tubid, Sean Anthony, Mick Pennisi and their newly-acquired guards Josh Urbiztondo and Roger Yap.

Air21 looked like it was keeping the lead at the half, but a short jumper by Anthony and a banker off an inbounds steal by Urbiztondo gave the Barako Bull the lead into the break, 49-48.

Baclao showed that the intermission had not cooled off his hot hands as he sank a jumper to give Air21 the advantage early. The rest of the third quarter was a give-and-take affair but Barako Bull held the lead most of the time. The original Raging Bull, Enrico Villanueva, also made his presence felt by scoring four points in the quarter, helping his team to a 71-69 lead at the end of the third.

The two teams were tied at 87 headed into the final two minutes. After Pennisi missed a three, Air21 was whistled for a loose ball foul sending Anthony to the line. The new acquisition missed the first but made the second to give Barako a one point lead with 78 ticks remaining, 88-87.

On the ensuing play, the Express went to Isip and Baclao at the post, but the duo fumbled, giving up the ball to Barako, which immediately got out on the break. Villanueva missed his lay-up on the run, but the Energy were lucky to have Tubid trailing for a tip-in to give Barako a 90-87 advantage.

The Express had 9.1 seconds to try to force overtime, as Bon-Bon Custodio made his move on the right wing. The former Alaska Ace drove to the lane to attract the defense, and then kicked the ball out to Canaleta for a baseline three at the other end. The game-tying triple failed to connect, bouncing off the rim to give Barako its first win of the season.

Anthony had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his first game with Barako, while Tubid top-scored for the team with 19 markers. Big men Doug Kramer and Pennisi added 14 and 11, respectively.

"Sean [Anthony] had his moments. With the exit of Willie [Miller], it's the time of Ronald [Tubid] to step up to the plate. Ronald Tubid is now the main man," said Barako head coach Junel Baculi.

Nonoy Baclao had a career game for the Express. The former number one overall draft pick eclipsed his career high of 11 points in the first quarter alone with 12, en route to an 18-point game along with four boards, two assists, a steal, and a block. John Wilson added 17 for Air21, while Isip and Canaleta had 16 markerseach. - Carlo Pamintuan/Renee Fopalan/AMD, GMA News


The scores:

BBE 90 - Tubid 19, Anthony 18, Kramer 14, Pennisi 11, Urbiztondo 8, Najorda 7, Villanueva 7, Yap 4, Marcelo 2, Cervantes 0, Cruz 0.

A21 87 - Baclao 18, Wilson 17, Isip 16, Canaleta 16, Arboleda 7, Custodio 4, Omolon 4, Sena 3, Taha 2, Atkins 0, Ritualo 0.

Quarter scoring: 26-27, 49-48, 71-69, 90-87


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