By Ernest Hernandez
There were plenty of sidelights to the recently concluded 2017 PBA Commissioners Cup Finals. One of them included seeing the first twins to play against each – Anthony Semerad of TnT KaTropa and David Semerad of San Miguel Beer.
Though both saw limited action, Anthony and David grabbed a piece of the spotlight in game 6. During a jump ball, Anthony accidentally collided with his brother David, injuring the latter’s nose in the process.
“We were going at it, going hard and then at the jump ball, we did a jump and I went to sprint. He likes to stick to me like glue and I guess he was so close to me when I run and accidentally hit his nose. I’m lucky, I didn’t even know I hit him,” Anthony recalls.
In that incident, David Semerad’s SMB teammates pushed Anthony away in what they deemed as an unsportsmanlike play. Apparently, Anthony just wanted to check on David.
It was a rare moment that saw the Semerad Twins face each other. Both played together for San Beda and brought multiple championships to the San Beda Red Lion’s den.
In the fourth quarter of game 6, Anthony and David were seen talking as SMB was on the verge of being crowned the 2017 PBA Commissioners Cup Champions.
“I didn’t know actually that I broke his nose. That was silly. I didn’t know I turned and ran. I said sorry for that and then congratulated him,” explained Anthony,
Anthony shared that both of them look to compete when they set foot in the hardcourt. Outside, however, both of them are always together as a family.
“I guess off the court, everything is fine, we are having dinner and we go to the gym together but I guess on the court he is the guy that initiates things. He’d like to go hard but it is part of the game so it is ok.”
The PBA Commissioners Cup Finals stint was also a blessing for Anthony, acquired in a trade by TnT from Globalport. Coming off an injury, the 26-year-old was tasked to speed up his recovery to help out KaTropa’s cause against SMB. He heeded the call and gave the Beermen headaches with his unpredictable play.
“I came off surgery and I was out for two months but I came back in. I literally had two or three days to prepare for playing. I found myself in a new team, and I just want to work hard and give them my best. I guess and it kinda helped and paid off for next conference. Just keep pushing.”
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