PBA: Chris Newsome ready to move on from botched game-tying shot
Philip Matel on May 18, 2018 11:36 PM
Vernon Macklin leaves the Pambansang Manok and the Philippines in particular, a hero after sinking the go-ahead free throws with the time aforementioned.
Chris Newsome will not be sulking from his missed wide-open layup with 3.1 seconds left that would have most likely sent the game to overtime.
Instead, Vernon Macklin leaves the Pambansang Manok and the Philippines in particular, a hero after sinking the go-ahead free throws with the aforementioned time.
"I threw it out and I missed. Breaks of the game, it happens. Of course, it’s never a good feeling to miss some like that but I mean, we can only take it one or two ways. You can beat yourself for that or you can just take it, learn from it and move on," the guard said after the game.
Despite losing a late seven-point lead with over a minute to go, the Bolts' 3-2 record heading to the All-Star break is still fine with the former Blue Eagle, and hopes to focus on the team's calling card.
"We want to be known as a defensive team. We just want to make sure that what regardless of what happens, looking forward, we’re gonna keep that. We just have to improve and find ways to score and get the other guys scoring."
Talking about the many missed free throws of one-time Best Import Arinze Onuaku, who shot a dismal 3/11 from the charity stripe, Newsome noted that such a big and powerful person like the American will have bad days from the line, much like the poor percentage of Hall of Famer Shaquille O' Neal, who was regularly fouled.
Despite missing a lot Friday evening, the former first-round pick and his teammates are always ready to support their anchor in the middle, whatever situation he may be in from the free throw line.
"Whether he makes it or miss it, I’m gonna be confident, the team’s gonna be confident that he’s gonna make the next one. If he doesn’t make next one, then we’re gonna be confident he can make the next one."
"That’s the kind of support you want to show your teammate in order for them to not beat themselvesup or to have thoughts in their head. Just keep that positivity and move forward."
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