Game 7 pressure is on Ginebra not Meralco, says Newsome
Paul Lintag on Oct 27, 2017 07:32 AM
"I think a lot of their fans are expecting them win the championship whereas no oneís kinda really expecting us to win." --- Chris Newsome.
Brgy. Ginebra and Meralco will most probably play in front of a record crowd for Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Philippine Arena.
That should be a safe bet since Game 5 at the same arena set a Finals record for attendance. Game 6, also at the INC-owned facility, set an all-time record for attendance, regardless of any game.
With that being said, the pressure most definitely falls on the Gin Kings not only because their the defending champions, 90 percent of the crowd will be rooting for them.
While there's also pressure on their part, Meralco actually has nothing to lose in these Finals so the Bolts' approach for a historic Game 7, a first in franchise history, is rather different compared to the barangay.
"Actually, what we tried to say in the locker room is that the pressure isn’t on us," forward Chris Newsome said.
"There is no pressure on us to go out there and win because the majority of the crowd of the crowd is going for them," he added, talking about Ginebra and its legions of followers.
Despite earning the no. 1 seed in the playoffs, the Bolts were certainly the underdogs heading into The Rematch especially after last year's Finals went down.
Meralco certainly looked like underdogs after Ginebra raced to a 2-0 and 3-2 leads in these Finals.
"So if anything, the pressure is moreso on them to perform in front of all of their fans. Moreso than us," Newsome said.
"I think a lot of their fans are expecting them win the championship whereas no one’s kinda really expecting us to win," he added.
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