MANILA, Philippines – The clutch shooting and leadership of Meralco guard Baser Amer has not gone unnoticed, as he earned PBA Player of the Week honors for the period of November 5-11 in the Governors' Cup.
After serving as an understudy of former Most Valuable Player Jimmy Alapag, Amer has spread his wings this season and sparked the Bolts to the semifinals after a woeful start to the season-ending conference.
The 26-year-old Amer averaged 18.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.6 steals in Meralco's last three games on the way to capturing the weekly citation.
The Bolts were given up for dead after a 1-6 start to the conference, but Amer played a key role in their resurgence. They won five straight games to close the elimination round, and advanced to the playoffs as the seventh seed.
From there, Amer showed his readiness for battle in the playoffs. He had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals as the Bolts shocked second-seeded Phoenix, 90-74, to force a winner-take-all game in their quarterfinal match-up.
The former San Beda University star then took over in the do-or-die game, knocking down 26 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in overtime that propelled the Bolts to a 108-103 win over the Fuel Masters.
Meralco played its third game in five days last Sunday, but Amer showed no signs of fatigue as he tallied 14 points, 4 boards, 3 assists, and a steal as the Bolts powered past Alaska, 97-92, for a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinal series.
Meralco has won its last seven games, a franchise record. But for Amer, the job isn't done yet especially since the Bolts need two more wins to make a return trip to the Governors' Cup finals—its third straight if ever as they try to win the title this time.
Amer beat teammate Chris Newsome, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar and Alaska’s Vic Manuel for the weekly citation.
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