Imposing Philippine Arena not a concern for Newsome, Bolts

Paul Lintag on Oct 22, 2017 09:28 AM
Imposing Philippine Arena not a concern for Newsome, Bolts
The Meralco Bolts will play their first game at the Philippine Arena for Game 5 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals. Brgy. Ginebra is 2-0 at the massive INC-owned facility.

It's already imposing to play a Finals game against Brgy. Ginebra with a crowd of almost 20,000 that chants "Hee-Neb-Ra!" every chance they get.

Now imagine a Finals game with a crowd of almost 50,000, most of which are ready to boo you at every opportunity.

That's the challenge Meralco has to face for the rest of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals with the best-of-7 series shifting to the Philippine Arena for Games 5, 6, and if necessary, 7.

But with a chance to win the franchise's first PBA championship, the Bolts couldn't care less if Brgy. Ginebra's perpetual home-court advantage becomes even more daunting as the Finals nears its climax.

"Not necessarily," Chris Newsome said when asked if the Philippine Arena is a cause for concern.

"Because you know, at the end of the day, it's still the game of basketball. We still shoot a ball in two hoops. We gotta go out there and play. They're on the same court as us, they use the same ball as us," he added.

Meralco will play its first game in the Philippine Arena while the Gin Kings are currently 2-0 in the massive INC-owned facility.

Ginebra won over TNT to open the PBA's 40th season three years ago and the Gin Kings also took the Christmas Clasico last year in the Philippine Cup.

"It's just about who's focused and you know who comes to play that day," Newsome said.

"Sure it's unfamiliar territory but at the end of the day we're professionals and we're expected to perform no matter where you're at," he added.



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