MANILA, Philippines – Meralco guard Chris Newsome remains in high spirits even after the Bolts absorbed a disappointing defeat to Barangay Ginebra in Game 1 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals.
The Bolts squandered a 10-point advantage in the third quarter, and a late flurry of baskets by Newsome in the final period was not enough to propel them to victory. A big block by Japeth Aguilar on Allen Durham and a pair of free throws by Justin Brownlee put the finishing touches on Ginebra' 91-87 win.
Newsome, who had 24 points and 8 rebounds in the loss, took solace in how hard the Bolts played.
"Going on and moving on, I think that's when conditioning and fatigue's gonna start to settle in," he said. "If you look at the rosters, I think they got an older roster than us."
"So, we just got to kinda 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.
With the first game of the series done and over with, Newsome said some of their younger players can begin to find their rhythm as well.
"The jitters are out," he said. "For a lot of the guys, this is their first finals appearance. Like Nard (Pinto), (Bong) Quinto, some of the other guys, it's their first time."
"So they got the jitters out and they understand where we have to go next," he added.
Though the final score was not in their favor, Meralco still played relatively well. Newsome noted that they limited the Gin Kings to just 16 assists, well below their average of 27 dimes per game.
The key now is to sustain their charge for 48 minutes, and close out the contest better.
"I definitely feel like we can turn our system up a little bit, move the ball a little bit better," said Newsome. "But nonetheless, I think we did a good job limiting their assists."
"Hopefully, we can keep that going into the next game," he added.
Game 2 of the series is on Friday in Lucena.
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