PBA: Big win vs. TNT shows Meralco’s character says Newsome

Paul Lintag on Jan 30, 2019 08:10 PM
PBA: Big win vs. TNT shows Meralco’s character says Newsome
The Bolts were down early to TNT KaTropa, giving a 13-0 run right off the bat and trailed by 21 in the second quarter, 9-30.

After taking a beating at the hands of four-time champion San Miguel Beer last week, it looked like Meralco was on its way to another beatdown Wednesday.

The Bolts were down early to TNT KaTropa, giving a 13-0 run right off the bat and trailed by 21 in the second quarter, 9-30.

Fortunately, Meralco would get close at the break, cutting the deficit to nine points.

The Bolts then went to work in the second half, clamping down on defense to frustrate the KaTropa. Meralco comleted a 32-point turnaround to pick up the win, even leading by as many as 19 points in the final period.

“Last game we got blown out by SMB and it didn’t look pretty in that first quarter. But you know, that’s big credit to the team for actually coming in at halftime and staying positive,” guard Chris Newsome said.

“In those situations, it’s really easy to break apart and start blaming one another and things like that. But we did a very good job of staying positive and encouraging each other. We made halftime adjustments and gave it everything we had,” he added.

Newsome says it was a big character win for the Bolts, especially showing resolve an bouncing back after a terrible last game against the Beermen.

Down early to the KaTropa, Meralco didn’t shut down and fought back to get the big win.

“It’s definitely big, especially the way we lost to San Miguel. It wasn’t pretty at all,” Newsome said.

“Of course, after a blow out game, you tend to get down. Teams can kind go their separate ways instead of coming together. It shows a lot of character with the guys in our locker roo,” he added.

Now sitting at 2-2 for the season, Newsome says it’s important for the Bolts to stay consistent in order to get some more wins moving forward.

Defense has been holding up for the most part for Meralco and it has to stay that way.

“For us, it’s just gonna have to be consistency. We all know we’re undersized for the All-Filipino but we still want to be known as a defensive team. For us to be consistent and make it difficult for out opponents, that’s basically Meralco basketball in a nutshell,” Newsome said.

“Offensively, we understand  that have to be creative in how to score the ball, and of course we gotta hit shots. Today, a lot of guys came through in the second half. It all comes down to consistency,” he added.

 

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