In a stunning display of skill and determination, Chris Newsome emerged as the hero for the Meralco Bolts, guiding them to a historic 97-88 overtime victory against the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the East Asia Super League (EASL) clash held at the Studio City Event Center in Macau on December 13.
The game reached a critical juncture with Meralco trailing by two possessions, 76-80, and only 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Demonstrating nerves of steel, Newsome executed a tough four-point play, leveling the score and forcing the game into overtime. The dramatic turn of events unfolded as Ryukyu's import, Vic Law, missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Newsome's impact didn't end there. In the overtime period, he showcased his clutch capabilities by sinking back-to-back jumpers, extending the Bolts' lead to its largest at 9 points, with a scoreline of 92-83 and just 1:24 left on the clock.
The Gilas Pilipinas forward treated spectators to a shooting clinic, converting an impressive 8 out of 9 attempts from the field. Newsome's remarkable performance culminated in a total of 27 points, complemented by 8 rebounds.
This victory not only marks Meralco's first win in the EASL but also underscores the team's resilience and Newsome's pivotal role in securing this historic triumph. The Bolts, propelled by Newsome's heroics, now stand tall after their thrilling showdown against the formidable Ryukyu Golden Kings.
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