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Baser Amer insists ‘night, night’ celeb was not a jab at Meralco

Baser Amer clarified that it’s nothing personal when he pulled off the ‘night night’ celebration upon hitting the clutch bucket to lift Blackwater past his former team Meralco in their PBA Philippine Cup encounter, Thursday evening.

The veteran guard did admit, though, that he got caught up in the moment, leading to the stunt made famous by NBA superstar Stephen Curry.

“Idol ko si Steph Curry eh. Sobrang idol ko,” he said with a wide grin moments after their 90-89 victory at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

“Tsaka marami na ring gumagawa niyan. Iba’t-ibang liga, lalo na sa States. Kahit nga sa football ginagawa na rin ‘yan. Nadala na rin sa emotions.”

Amer lit up social media when the tight affair concluded in ironic fashion as the Bolts suffered their second loss in a row at the hands of their former star, whom they traded to the Bossing for Mac Belo in a three-player deal last year.

The 29-year-old was glad to finally play against his ex-ball club at full health after facing them twice previously while nursing different injuries.

“Actually, sobrang excited ko … ‘Yung unang conference ko with Coach Nash, nung kalaban namin ‘yung Meralco, injured ‘yung groin ko. Tapos last conference naman, against Meralco, injured ‘tong calf ko,” said Amer.

“Ngayon this conference, sobrang healthy ko, sobrang excited ko rin na makalaban sila,” added the seven-year pro.

Adding to his elation was his answered prayer of being able to execute the final play — Amer shared that he was surprised to be given the big responsibility of taking Blackwater home by no less than coach Ariel Vanguardia.

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That’s because he thought the final play would be given to Jvee Casio, who nailed a big trey during a wild exchange with the opposition late.

“Kanina last play, akala ko ‘yung play kay Kuya Jvee. Kasi si Kuya Jvee talaga yung main guard namin, and sobrang init niya,” he said.

“Nagulat ako binigay sa akin,” he added. “Nung nag-draw siya ng play, nag-pray lang ako na sana ma-execute ng tama, at tsaka ma-shoot.”

Then again, Amer insisted that he has no ax to grind whatsoever against Meralco, that he’s just glad to see Blackwater up there in the standings — the Bossing are currently sharing the second spot with Ginebra with a 4-1 card.

“Sobrang happy ko. Hindi naman dahil natalo sila, sobrang happy ko na ‘yung team namin, nasa taas na.”

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