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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – What better way to make a statement in your first Philippine Basketball Association game than to dunk in the face of a former MVP?
Former Ateneo Blue Eagle and current Meralco Bolt Chris Newsome introduced himself to the PBA – and 2013 MVP Arwind Santos – via a tomahawk dunk in the third quarter of his debut game against the defending Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen.
The 25-year-old Fil-Am Newsome displayed his well-rounded game before aging out of the UAAP, earning a spot in the UAAP Mythical Team in Season 77. But there’s also style with his substance, as he’s earned a reputation as one of the most explosive young dunkers in the Philippines.
Newsome scored 14 points total in his debut.
The Beermen got the last laugh as they held off the Bolts, 101-85. The win improved San Miguel to 2-0 in the All Filipino Cup – tied with Rain or Shine and NLEX for the early lead – while Meralco drops to 0-1.
Santos was named Best Player of the Game, scoring 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting to go along with 9 rebounds, while San Miguel point guard Alex Cabagnot scored 18. Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo turned in 14 points and 12 rebounds. – Rappler.com