CHRIS Newsome carried the fight for Meralco late in Game Four - and was prepared to live and die with the result.
Showing maturity that is rare for a freshman, the former Ateneo guard kept Meralco in the game on Friday night until he missed a jumper in the final seconds, allowing Ginebra to escape with an 88-86 win in Game Four.
"There's a switch and the clock was winding down so I took the shot," said Newsome, recalling his jumper from the free-throw area that was contested by Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.
Newsome never hesitated to take the shot - and was prepared to live with the consequences.
"That's the job. If youre going to be in the position to take that last shot, you have to live with the result," the Meralco guard said, moments after Ginebra evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
"If it doesnt go in, it's something you got to deal with. Unfortunately, that shot didnt go down for me today. It's an experience I have to learn from. (I need to) get back in the gym and prepare for Game Five."
With Allen Durham tiring out and Jimmy Alapag hobbled by tightness on one leg, Newsome picked up the cudgels in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points - the most by a Meralco local in Game Four.
But he was left to rue a stretch in the fourth quarter when, just moments after razing an 11-point deficit and building their own 16-point lead, the Bolts 'lost aggressiveness' and allowed Ginebra back in the game.
"I feel like we lost a lot of aggressiveness. In the third quarter, we were the aggressor and in the fourth, they became a little more aggressive. Mark (Caguioa) and Jayjay (Helterbrand) hit some big shots," he said.
“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."