ONE win was all it took for Meralco’s confidence to skyrocket.
Chris Newsome said the Bolts’ 106-91 Game Two victory over TNT Katropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series has given them the belief they can pull off an upset over the powerhouse Texters.
Coming in as the heavy underdogs in the best-of-five series, the Bolts found cracks in the Texters’ armor as they coasted to the one-sided result that marked just the second loss for TNT in the conference.
“It kind of gives us a confirmation that this team is beatable,” Newsome said. “It gives us a sense that we are capable of not only competing with them, but beating them.”
“It's definitely big for us because if we would've dropped this one, it would've been tough to overcome,” he added. “Mentally, this gives us a little bit more confidence going into Game Three.”
Coming off a dismal showing in the series opener where he was held to just three points after missing five of his six shots, along with three boards, three assists, and one steal in 17 minutes as a starter, Newsome bounced back with 17 points, 10 boards, five assists, and one steal in almost 40 minutes of play.
“We definitely needed that bounce-back game,” the rookie playmaker said. “Of course, the score has no indication on what happened today, just like the first game - they got us pretty good. That tends to happen sometimes in a series. Not every game's going to be close.”
“But you can expect them to come back with a tough game plan,” he added. “There are going to be pretty good adjustments.”