Chris Newsome deemed PBA Player of the Week

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Meralco wingman Chris Newsome was named the PBA Player of the Week for his role in helping the Bolts claim two victories that clinched their place in the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Pitted against the likes of Ginebra, Magnolia, and San Miguel, Meralco did not back down and won two of three, thanks to the efforts of Newsome who averaged 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists laced by 1.3 steals in three big games for Meralco, earning for him the Cignal Play-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor for the period July 13-17.

The team pulled it off without coach Norman Black, whose mother passed away in the US last week, with deputy coach Luigi Trillo and Newsome steadying the ship for Meralco.

During the crucial span, Newsome scattered all-around numbers, while holding his own on the defensive side to help the Bolts climb to 6-4 and solidify their place in the top six for a spot in the best-of-three series.

“It’s just a part of the challenge for us to have this type of schedule. It’s not something we look down on but something we looked at as a challenge. That’s something that not every team has to go through,” said Newsome.

The former Rookie of the Year started the week with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in Meralco’s 90-73 rout of Barangay Ginebra. Against Magnolia, he delivered stat lines of 24-4-5-1-1 in a 97-88 overtime loss, before putting up 16 markers, five boards, and five dimes in the Bolts’ thrilling 89-86 victory over San Miguel.

“We feel if we’re capable of getting through that together, then we’ll be prepared come playoff time, and I think that’s exactly what this last stretch did. It got us ready for the playoffs.”

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