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Newsome lifts Meralco past Ryukyu in EASL

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In a thrilling display of resilience and determination, the Meralco Bolts, led by the outstanding performance of Chris Newsome, secured a dramatic 97-88 overtime victory against the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the EASL Home and Away Season at Studio City in Macau.

The Bolts found themselves on the brink of another defeat, trailing 80-76 with a mere 15 seconds remaining in regulation. However, in a moment of sheer brilliance, Newsome rose to the occasion.
Following a timeout, Newsome converted an improbable three-pointer and drew a foul from Shota Onodera. The Meralco guard calmly sank the bonus free throw, knotting the game at 80 with just 10 seconds left on the clock.

The potential game-winning jump shot by Ryukyu’s Vic Law fell short with one second remaining, setting the stage for an overtime showdown.

In the extra period, Newsome continued his heroics, contributing seven crucial points. He collaborated with Cliff Hodge, Zach Lofton, and Prince Ibeh to outscore the Golden Kings 17-8, securing Meralco’s breakthrough win and bringing their Group B record to 1-2.

Zach Lofton had a stellar performance, finishing with an impressive 35 points, while Newsome contributed 27 points to go along with his impactful playmaking. Prince Ibeh added 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, showcasing his prowess in the paint.

On the opposing side, Vic Law led Ryukyu with 27 points and nine rebounds. Despite the absence of import Allen Durham and Filipino player Karl Tamayo, the Golden Kings put up a strong fight but ultimately fell short, dropping their record to an even 2-2.

The game not only highlighted the individual brilliance of players like Newsome and Lofton but also underscored the Bolts’ collective resilience and ability to perform under pressure. The victory over Ryukyu serves as a significant milestone for Meralco in the EASL Home and Away Season, providing momentum and optimism for the challenges ahead.

The boxscores:

Meralco 97 – Lofton 35, Newsome 27, Ibeh 15, Hodge 6, Almazan 5, Maliksi 5, Dario 2, Banchero 2, Quinto 0, Rios 0, Bates 0, Torres 0,
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Ryukyu 88 – Law 27, Imamura 19, Kishimoto 15, Cooley 10, Onodera 9, Tashiro 4, Maki 2, Watanabe 2, Uematsu 0, Arakawa 0, Matsuwaki 0.
Quarterscores: 17-21; 38-37; 57-57; 80-all (reg); 97-88

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