It’s déjà vu for Anthony and he intends to succeed


    SEAN Anthony has another crack at history and does not intend to let the golden opportunity go to waste again.

    “We still have a lot of unfinished business to do and I hope we do what we couldn’t finish with Powerade and go all the way,” said Anthony.

    The do-it-all Fil-Canadian was referring to the Tigers, until Wednesday night the last eighth-ranked team to topple the eliminations topnotcher, beating the heavily-favored B-Meg Llamados in their 2011-2012 Philippine Cup quarterfinals duel.

    Anthony was a vital member of that Powerade squad along with Gary David, Marcio Lassiter, Doug Kramer and Jayvee Casio, to name a few.

    He got another shot at carving a special niche for his current NorthPort team by helping the squad eke out a 126-123 triple overtime win over NLEX last Wednesday in their knockout game for the last semifinals berth in the PBA Governors Cup.

    Powerade went on to finish runner-up behind Talk N Text in that conference but failed to follow up that impressive showing and ultimately disbanded after that season. The Mikee Romero-owned Sultan 900 Inc. bought the franchise and changed the team name to GlobalPort before switching to NorthPort starting in last year’s Governors Cup.

    Despite the Powerade players going their separate ways, Anthony revealed that they remain in constant touch, having been bonded by all the trials and tribulations they went through.

    “Powerade was a great team,” reminisced Anthony. “To this day, when you do something like that, we’re still brothers. Doug Kramer just retired, right? We still talk, everyone.”

    Now come the inevitable similarities and comparisons, which are not lost on Anthony.

    “Two different experiences,” insisted Anthony.” One thing with Powerade, everyone bought into their role. We had the Big Three with Gary, Marcio and Jayvee. We have another great squad now and playing into their roles, too.”

    Aside from arranging a duel with Ginebra starting Dec. 14, Anthony said the win further strengthened the bond among the Batang Pier, much like what that final season did with the Tigers.

    “A big win, like a triple-overtime win like that, we’re gonna be brothers forever,” offered Anthony, before pointing out his current team still has a long way to go before at least duplicating Powerade’s near-Cinderella run.

    “We got to go back to the drawing board because Ginebra is a hell of a team, too, so we got to be ready,” said Anthony, who scored 30 points in 47 minutes, including the go-ahead layup.