Defense will keep Meralco alive says Newsome
Paul Lintag on Feb 14, 2018 08:00 PM
"Sometimes things don't go right on offense and it kinda carries over into our defense and that's something that we focus on, no matter what happens on offense, we're going to try to play hard defense." --- Chris Newsome.
While he won't consider himself as Meralco's "designated stopper," Chris Newsome has a pretty simple rule when he's guarding the opposing player that's going for a game-winning shot.
"It's either you stop them or you don't," Newsome said Wednesday after Meralco played Phoenix in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
Newsome didn't stop Kiefer Ravena from handing NLEX a crucial win last week.
But given another chance, this time against Jeff Chan, the 2016 Rookie of the Year came through for the Bolts and was the one handing his team a crucial victory.
"I was just playing defense. At that point it's just playing the best defense that you can. Obviously, can't really foul so you just play the best defense you can," Newsome said.
While the Bolts are still alive in the All-Filipino following the win, Meralco is still in a not so favorable position with a 3-6 mark.
And with the Philippine Cup serving as the team's biggest weakness for a couple of years now, Newsome says that Meralco can only go with their defense to continue to stay alive.
"Sometimes things don't go right on offense and it kinda carries over into our defense and that's something that we focus on, no matter what happens on offense, we're going to try to play hard defense," he said.
"We just have to continue playing defense, get stops," Newsome added.
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