PBA: Meralco still looking on the bright side after fifth straight loss
Philip Matel on Oct 07, 2018 11:04 PM
For guard Chris Newsome, things are continuing to remain positive in the locker room despite not having the best of circumstances.
SANTA ROSA CITY -- For the past two Governors' Cup conferences, Meralco and Ginebra have headlined the Finals. In those two years, the fans were given numerous unforgettable moments that are now recorded in the annals of PBA history.
And for this year's Finals rematch, it was the same. Ginebra emerged victorious once again. However, a potential third straight Finals matchup is already on the line since the Gin Kings the Bolts their fifth consecutive loss.
For guard Chris Newsome, things are continuing to stay positive in the locker room, despite not having the best of circumstances.
Two key cogs in Meralco's rotation are still out. Jared Dillinger and Ranidel De Ocampo, both nursing leg injuries, are seen as veteran presences but are now relegated to mere voices on the bench.
Things were actually pretty even for the majority of the game, and then Meralco surged to an eight-point lead, 84-72, in the late stages of the third quarter.
However, Ginebra flexed its muscles and responded with an 11-0 run of their own, and never looked back, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.
"We just have to play smarter, those lapses cost us the game. Those lapses cost us the last game also. You know, 10 points with like four minutes to go, four, five minutes to go. We just have to be aware of those lapses, we have to play a solid 48 minutes if we're going to win, they're playing really well," Newsome said after the game.
Of course, struggling is not anything new for Meralco, since they usually hover in the bottom half of the Philippine Cup standings.
And when they face Northport on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the team will be humming a familiar tune, despite the circumstances.
"...[I]t seems such a hard hill to climb now so you know in our locker room, everybody's postitive, trying to keep their heads up. Of course, we're looking forward to brighter days."
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