PBA: Baser-Chris just toppled June Mar-Christian
ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2018 11:03 PM
Chris Newsome and Baser Amer shone bright in Meralco's big-time triumph over defending champion San Miguel
With San Miguel playing the first game in its title defense and Christian Standhardinger making his long-awaited debut, Baser Amer and Chris Newsome stole the spotlight.
Amer collected 28 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while Newsome tallied 23 markers, seven boards, and four dimes as Meralco spoiled the Filipino-German’s welcome party with a 93-85 win on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Post-game, Bolts head coach Norman Black did nothing but heap praise upon his backcourt. “Of course, our backcourt did very, very well today. They did a great job combining their talents to win this basketball game,” he told reporters.
He then continued, “The two of them really made a difference for us.”
Indeed, Black’s young guards not only matched their veteran counterparts in Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross, but actually outworked them – for one night, at least. Cabagnot ended with 16 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while Ross finished with two markers, four boards, and two dimes.
And with those two leading the charge for Meralco, and import Arinze Onuaku as well as key cogs Jared Dilinger and Cliff Hodge doing their part, the highly-touted twin towers of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Standhardinger were unable to lift the Beermen to a win.
If his backcourt continues to play this way, the multi-titled mentor has no doubt that they will continue to prove the cornerstones for the Bolts. “Both guys are only in their third year and they’re quite young in the PBA, but they’re very talented and they play well together. They are actually pretty much the future of Meralco,” he said.
For Amer, it was all about just stepping up and coming through. “Lagi rin namang sinasabi ni coach na kailangan kami yung maging tandem sa team. Kami yung bata sa team so okay na okay kami ni Newsome,” he said.
And the Davao native vows to just keep going. “Siyempre, as a player, challenge yung every game, maging consistent. Sa next game, yung ibang team, prepared na sayo so challenge talaga sa amin lahat kung paano ma-sustain every game yung ganung laro,” he said.