CHRIS Newsome has always granted interviews until on Friday night, putting up a hand gesture while wearing a headset as he walked out of the Big Dome after Meralco lost to Alaska, 92-72, in Game Three of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The rookie playmaker’s frustrations were understandable as he picked the worse time to have an off night, going scoreless after missing all his seven shots, committed seven turnovers, and five fouls in 27 minutes.
Newsome did have seven rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
“He's a rookie so there's going to be some ups and downs,” Bolts coach Norman Black said. “This is probably his worst game of the season.”
“He has really been one of our better players this conference,” he added of the fourth overall pick in the last draft. “He's consistent with his effort, getting down every game for us, and tonight, he played very badly. When that happens, it limits your chances of winning.”
Calvin Abueva and Chris Banchero took turns in defending Newsome, who was coming off a Game Two win where he registered 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, nine boards, three assists, and one steal in 34 minutes.
“Hopefully, he bounces back next game and we can bounce back with a lot more energy, with a lot more focus, with a lot more dedication and hunger, Black said. “Because that's what it's going to take to beat Alaska.”