Amer’s breakout conference earns him Gilas nod

first_imgBut despite his 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in Game 3, Amer’s efforts still weren’t enough as TNT bagged an 104-96 overtime win on Friday to advance to the semifinals, leaving the sophomore guard weeping as the buzzer sounded.READ: Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas poolFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The opportunity was there for us to make it to the semis, but we fell short,” admitted a somber Amer in Filipino. “We’re going to wait again for next conference. We’ll go back to work. Whatever I showed this conference, I have to double my effort and continue working with coach Jimmy (Alapag) and coach Ronnie (Magsanoc).”But Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes didn’t fail to notice Amer’s hardwork, with the former San Beda standout earning a spot in the national team pool. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions TNT outlasts Meralco in OT to clinch semis seat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That made things better for Amer, who is grateful for shot to don the national team colors anew.READ: Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to decider“I’m thankful to coach Chot. I look at it as a reward for all the hard work I’ve done. My teammates know and my coaches know how much I give to our practices,” he said.Amer also gets a chance to once again play alongside friends Kiefer Ravena, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Kevin Ferrer, all of whom were his teammates in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m excited, more so because they’re all great players. That makes me strive harder because I’m with them and I can improve what I must improve on my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend READ: Tired of losing, Amer gives Bolts another crack at semisHowever, Amer knows that his job with the national team is just getting started, as he braces for a tough competition to get a crack on Reyes’ final lineup.“I know I shouldn’t be comfortable with what I achieved in this conference. I’ll still work hard,” he vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as his break out conference, Baser Amer has nothing to be ashamed of despite Meralco’s early exit.Averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, the Davao City native has fully embraced the lead playmaker role for the Bolts as he anchored the team to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more