Meralco rookie Chris Newsome said the Bolts’ 106-91 demolition of powerhouse TNT Katropa was a confirmation that their sister team is “beatable” after all in the PBA Governors Cup.
After a lethargic effort in Game 1 that the Katropa won handily, 113-95, the Bolts bounced back with vengeance as they shot 51 percent from the floor and outrebounded the top seeded squad, 47-41 to level the series at 1-1 and reducing it to a best-of-three affair.
“It’s (win) definitely big for us because if we would’ve dropped this one, it would’ve been tough to overcome,” Newsome said after the game as he finished with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“Mentally, this gives us a little bit more confidence going into Game Three. It kind of gives us a confirmation that this team is beatable. It gives us a sense that we are capable of not only competing with them, but beating them.”
The former Ateneo wingman, however, refused to get carried away by the team’s double-digit win, expecting TNT to make the big adjustment right away.
“We definitely needed that bounce-back game. Of course, the score has no indication on what happened today because just like the first game, they got us pretty good,” explained Meralco’s fourth overall pick in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft.
“Not every game is going to be close. But you can expect them (Katropa) to come back with a tough game plan. There are going to be pretty good (in making) adjustments.”
Four other Meralco played scored in double figures led by import Allen Durham’s 31, followed by veteran playmaker Jimmy Alapag who came off the bench to add 16.
Forward Cliff Hodge added 15, while Reynel Hugnatan chipped in 12. – Richard Dy
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