Newsome owns up 'bad decision' on inbound, but insists it's just one of bad breaks that cost Bolts
Chris Newsome says the late-game inbound play was a 'bad decision.' Jerome Ascano

CHRIS Newsome regretted the ‘bad decision’ he made in the waning seconds of regulation during the deciding Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series between Meralco and TnT Katropa.

But he maintained  breaks of the game did the Bolts in late in a 104-96 overtime loss to TnT Katropa that took them out of the mid-season tournament on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts appeared ready to wrap up the game – and the best-of-three series – when they led 89-88 and in possession of the ball in the final 6.1 seconds.

Unfortunately, Newsome erred during the corresponding inbound play when he tried to bounce the ball off the foot of import Joshua Smith after having a hard time trying to find a receiver.

The ploy backfired, resulting in a TnT steal and a split from the free throw line by Jason Castro that knotted the count at 89 and sent the game into overtime.

Newsome was aware the turnover had a huge impact on the outcome of the game, but he’s not about to get hard on himself.

“I wouldn’t say I let them down, it’s just a bad decision, just one those bad breaks of the game,” said last year’s Rookie of the Year awardee, who actually committed just two of the 24 turnovers by the Bolts.

“Probably its’ just one of those breaks, and you can’t control that.”

The high-flying wingman just the same was ready to take on the heat following the heartbreaking loss, although Newsome knows his teammates had his back.

“I felt like everybody understands that it was breaks of the game. If anybody wants to blame me for it, then sure,” said a forlorn Newsome.

“Of course I know I’m responsible for what happened or at least for the things that I can control. Everything else I can’t control.”

The reigning league slam dunk champion also lamented the missed technical free throw with 12 seconds left after Ranidel de Ocampo failed to report to the officials’ table coming off a timeout. A free throw could have given the Bolts some breathing room as they try to protect a single-digit lead.

“In-and-out,” he said of his foul shot.” I shot 100 of free throws, and it’s just one those that I missed.”

“Of course, I’ll go back to the gym and shoot more free throws and keep on improving my game.”

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The former Ateneo stalwart believes the loss will make him and his teammates a better player.

“How many possessions happened in the game? All those mistakes add up,” Newsome pointed out.

“Perhaps you can blame it on the last possession, or you can look at the game as a whole and see a lot of the things that we did wrong.”

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