Chris Newsome makes up for missed layup with two vicious dunks
Chris Newsome's back to back slams against Mychal Ammons and Ranidel de Ocampo served as the highlight reels of Satuday's Game 3. Jaime Campos

HE couldn’t make a measly layup, so he made up for it by taking it up a notch and go for a dunk.

Not just one, but two slams in back-to-back plays worthy to be in the highlight reel.

Chris Newsome said he was motivated by a missed shot from point-blank range near the end of the first half that triggered his two vicious rim-rattlers in the fourth quarter of Meralco’s 119-113 win over TNT Katropa in Game Three of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series.

“At the end of the first half, I missed a layup and it wasn't ‘til then that I realized how high, close I was to the rim,” Newsome recounted. “I realized I could get up there if given the opportunity again so I saw the opportunity and decided to take it.”

The first one was off a strong drive over TNT import Mychal Ammons, who came in averaging 1.5 blocks in the playoffs, that sent the crowd wild, then the next was an impressive a left-handed jam over Ranidel de Ocampo.

Newsome said he liked the first one better.

“(The first one) felt a lot faster,” the rookie playmaker said. “I had to take off with one leg to get it there. The other one, it felt a little slowed down because I think I used a two-foot so I was able to gather myself and get up in the air and hang there for a little bit.”

“So yeah, the first one was the one that caught me by surprise,” he added.

The two dunks embellished a second straight stellar showing by Newsome, who finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, eight assists, and three boards in almost 38 minutes, while putting up a solid defensive job on TNT superstar Jayson Castro.

“It's real tough. He's the best point guard in Asia for a reason,” Newsome said of Castro. “I take it as a challenge, me being a rookie and get to defend one of my idols. It's kind of like a dream come true , but at the same sense, we're both competitors and I get to show that I really want to compete in this league and this level.”


“Whatever the team needs me to do, I try to focus on that,” he added.

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