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Anthony laments NorthPort’s inability to close out games

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Miles Morales

NorthPort Batang Pier’s fortune in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup had gone full south and it remains to be seen how could coach Pido Jarencio would motivate his demoralized troops.

Batang Pier’s pride is in tatter after absorbing their sixth straight loss on Wednesday at the hands of the Magnolia Pambansang Manok.

And Sean Anthony knows exactly what ails the NorthPort Batang Pier.

“We always play really well in the first three quarters, only to fall apart in the fourth,” observed Anthony, who scored 22 points and grabbed eight-rebounds that went to waste.

The Batang Pier opened the All-Filipino campaign with back-to-back victories against Blackwater and NLEX but never had any success after that.

“It’s always been the fourth quarter. Every game, we’ve been up at some point and fall apart in the fourth. We have to close out the game,” Anthony lamented.

With a 2-6 record NorthPort is in danger of elimination but Anthony is not giving up hope.

NorthPort has three more games left in its schedule and could still punch a ticket into the quarterfinals if they could only play consistently for 48 minutes.

The Batang Pier will take on the TNT KaTropa on Sunday, Alaska on March 27 and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on April 3. All of the three teams NorthPort will face well within the cut to make the eight-team quarterfinals.