Meralco freshman Chris Newsome has gone from enjoying the spotlight as the 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year, to a goat in just a matter of hours.
With the ball in his hands in the final play of Game 4, Newsome came up empty while being hounded by Ginebra import Justin Brownlee as Meralco fell, 88-86 Friday night.
The loss allowed Ginebra to even up the PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven title series at 2-2.
“Its supposed to be a great accomplishment for myself, but it’s kind of a bad time to reflect about it (misfiring in the endgame). It’s something I’ll probably get back to once the series is done,” admitted Newsome after Meralco blew a 16-point lead and let Ginebra turn the tables on them in the final period.
With just over seven seconds to either win or send the game to overtime, the 6-foot-1 rookie received the ball off an inbound play, then took the matter on his own hands. But his 17-foot jumper was just way off the mark.
“There’s a switch and the clock was winding down so I took the shot,” Newsome recounted.
That play put a downer on Newsome’s night, who scattered 15 points, added four rebounds and issued seven assists in Game 4, including a rim-rattling dunk late in the third canto to give the Bolts a double-digit spread.
Newsome, though refused to let this painful experience hinder him from becoming a better player.
“That’s the job. If you’re going to be in the position to take that last shot, you have to live with the result. If it doesn’t go in, it’s something you got to deal with,” Newsome said matter-of-factly.
“Unfortunately, that shot didn’t go down for me. It’s an experience I have to learn on.”
In the bigger scheme of things, the former Ateneo standout said what eventually doomed the Bolts in Game 4 was their lack of energy in the last quarter, which was in complete contrast of what they showed during the third quarter.
“It all fell on us. We stopped doing what got us the lead and they showed a lot of heart to come back and counter us with their run. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to counter back,” shared the 26-year-old freshman.
With the series all evened up again, Newsome takes the challenge to readily adjust as Ginebra looks to pounce on their momentum
“It’s better to look at it as the series is tied, so technically, we’re not down. They might have a little bit of momentum with this win, so it’s up to us to make some adjustments to come back for Game 5,” he said.- Jason Mercene
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