PBA Finals: Bolts need to finish says Newsome, after Game 1 run falls short

Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2020 11:19 PM
PBA Finals: Bolts need to finish says Newsome
Meralco scored 16 points in the fourth, nine from Newsome as he tried to carry the Bolts for a win. It was ultimately a futile effort as the Gin Kings would hold on for a 91-87 victory in Game 1. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

As Meralco’s offense ran low on power in the fourth quarter against Barangay Ginebra to open the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, the Bolts turned to Chris Newsome for a spark.

Meralco scored 16 points in the fourth, nine from Newsome as he tried to carry the Bolts for a win. It was ultimately a futile effort as the Gin Kings would hold on for a 91-87 victory in Game 1.

The Bolts had their chances, they were up by 10 points in the third and even took over from Ginebra in the middle of Newsome’s epic personal rally.

For Game 2 onwards, Newsome says they have to finish said rallies.

“But I think, you know, moving forward we will find a better defensive scheme,” Newsome said.

“I know some of the locals for Ginebra didn't have their best their best day to day but Justin [Brownlee] was able to carry them so we got to find a way to complete, complete the job,” he added.

Losing Game 1 of a best-of-7 series should not be a cause for panic.

Despite now trailing the series, Newsome and the Bolts can still look at some positives moving into Game 2 and beyond.

Meralco will work on that and hopfeully more favorable results will come.

“I mean we played really hard. I think, you know, going, going on and moving on. I think that's when conditioning and fatigue's going to start to settle in. I know, if you look at the rosters I think they got an older roster than us,” Newsome said.

“So we just got to kind of hope that we can continue to wear them down and take their legs out and see if we can if we can beat them up and down the court, turn it into our track meet because we know that we're in good shape,” he added.

 

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