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Newsome game-winner lifts Meralco past San Miguel for 1st-ever PBA championship

Martin Mendoza, Delfin Dioquino

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Newsome game-winner lifts Meralco past San Miguel for 1st-ever PBA championship
Chris Newsome drains the game-winner as Meralco disposes of San Miguel in six games to capture the PBA Philippine Cup crown for its first league title

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Newsome saved the day as Meralco captured its first-ever PBA title, hacking out a nail-biting 80-78 win to wrap up the Philippine Cup finals in six games at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, June 16.

Newsome hit the game-winner from the baseline with 1.3 seconds left and finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals to finally propel the Bolts to the top after they fell short of the top prize in all of their four previous finals appearance.

The win did not come without a scare as the Beermen fought back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and knotted the score at 78-78 with 3.3 ticks remaining off a miraculous June Mar Fajardo three-pointer.

But Newsome bailed Meralco out moments later, knocking down a contested shot over Don Trollano. 

Fajardo then missed his potential game-winning triple as time expired. 

Allein Maliksi backstopped Newsome with 14 points, Bong Quinto added 11 points, Chris Banchero flirted with a triple-double after churning out 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. 

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: June Mar Fajardo misses the game-winning trey as Meralco wins 80-78 for its first PBA championship
  • MERALCO 80-78: Chris Newsome drains the tough baseline jumper with 1.3 ticks remaining
  • 78-78: June Mar Fajardo for three with 3.3 seconds left
  • MERALCO 78-75: June Mar Fajardo quick basket
  • MERALCO 78-73: Chris Newsome 1/2 at the line with 29.5 ticks left
  • MERALCO 77-73: Simon Enciso drives
  • MERALCO 77-71: Chris Newsome drains the stepback jumper with 1:43 remaining
  • MERALCO 75-71: Simon Enciso for three with under 2:20 left
  • MERALCO 75-68: Cliff Hodge steps back for the jumper
  • MERALCO 73-68: Mo Tautuaa makes both free throws
  • MERALCO 73-66: Marcio Lassiter 2/2 at the stripe
  • MERALCO 73-64: Don Trollano free throw split
  • MERALCO 73-63: CJ Perez goes coast to coast
  • MERALCO 73-61: Chris Newsome escapes for the layup
  • MERALCO 71-61: Don Trollano cuts for the short stab
  • MERALCO 71-59: June Mar Fajardo 1/2 at the line
  • MERALCO 71-58: Allein Maliksi hits on the second chance
  • MERALCO 69-58: Raymond Almazan putback
  • MERALCO 67-58: Chris Newsome with another perfect trip to the line
  • MERALCO 65-58: Allein Maliksi steps back and buries the contested jumper
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: Meralco enters the final frame up 63-58
  • MERALCO 63-58: Cliff Hodge lefty layup
  • MERALCO 61-58: CJ Perez basket
  • MERALCO 61-56: Bong Quinto 1/2 at the stripe
  • MERALCO 60-56: CJ Perez tough move
  • MERALCO 60-54: Chris Newsome 2/2 at the line
  • MERALCO 58-54: Chris Newsome finally scores his first field goal
  • MERALCO 56-54: Mo Tautuaa short stab
  • MERALCO 56-52: Cliff Hodge lefty layup
  • MERALCO 54-52: June Mar Fajardo makes both free throws
  • MERALCO 54-50: Bong Quinto left wide open for the three-pointer
  • MERALCO 51-50: CJ Perez splits his free throws
  • MERALCO 51-49: Allein Maliksi tough jumper
  • 49-49: June Mar Fajardo 2/2 at the stripe after an unsportsmanlike foul by Raymond Almazan
  • MERALCO 49-47: June Mar Fajardo inside
  • MERALCO 49-45: Chris Banchero floats it in
  • MERALCO 47-45: CJ Perez for three
  • MERALCO 47-42: CJ Perez opens the second-half scoring
Second quarter
  • HALFTIME: San Miguel ends the first half with an 11-1 run, but Meralco stays ahead at 47-40
  • MERALCO 47-40: Mo Tautuaa up and under
  • MERALCO 47-38: Raymond Almazan 1/2 at the line
  • MERALCO 46-38: Marcio Lassiter completes three-point play
  • MERALCO 46-35: 6-0 run for San Miguela after that June Mar Fajardo bank shot
  • MERALCO 46-33: Marcio Lassiter drives to the hoop
  • MERALCO 46-31: Marcio Lassiter charity shots
  • MERALCO 46-29: Allein Maliksi with a pair of foul shots
  • MERALCO 44-29: Allein Maliksi drains the technical free throw
  • MERALCO 43-29: June Mar Fajardo hook shot
  • MERALCO 43-27: Brandon Bates two-handed jam
  • MERALCO 41-27: Bong Quinto basket
  • MERALCO 39-27: CJ Perez capitalizes on the second chance
  • MERALCO 39-25: June Mar Fajardo underneath
  • MERALCO 39-23: Bong Quinto free throw
  • MERALCO 38-23: Raymond Almazan from long range
  • MERALCO 35-23: Raymond Almazan layup
  • MERALCO 33-23: Raymond Almazan misses the first but makes the second free throw
  • MERALCO 32-23: Terrence Romeo again
  • MERALCO 32-21: Allein Maliksi answers with his own long bomb
  • MERALCO 29-21: Terrence Romeo for three
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Meralco off to a promising start as it grabs a 29-18 lead
  • MERALCO 29-18: Anjo Caram second triple
  • MERALCO 26-18: Mo Tautuaa with another split
  • MERALCO 26-17: Anjo Caram from long distance
  • MERALCO 23-17: Mo Tautuaa 1/2 at the line
  • MERALCO 23-16: Chris Newsome hits his freebies
  • MERALCO 21-16: June Mar Fajardo 1/2 with his charity shots
  • MERALCO 21-15: Norbert Torres with his second trey
  • MERALCO 18-15: Don Trollano retaliates
  • MERALCO 18-13: Allein Maliksi strong drive
  • MERALCO 16-13: Terrence Romeo long two
  • MERALCO 16-11: Bong Quinto over CJ Perez again
  • MERALCO 14-11: CJ Perez answers
  • MERALCO 14-9: Bong Quinto attacks foul-plagued CJ Perez
  • MERALCO 12-9: Don Trollano 2/2 at the stripe
  • MERALCO 12-7: Chris Ross splits his freebies
  • MERALCO 12-6: Norbert Torres for three
  • MERALCO 9-6: June Mar Fajardo makes his free throws
  • MERALCO 9-4: Chris Banchero again
  • MERALCO 7-4: Brandon Bates 1/2 at the line
  • MERALCO 6-4: Mo Tautuaa inside
  • MERALCO 6-2: 6 straight points by Chris Banchero
  • MERALCO 4-2: Marcio Lassiter puts San Miguel on the board
  • MERALCO 4-0: Chris Banchero back-to-back buckets
  • MERALCO 2-0: Chris Banchero with the first basket of the game
  • SAN MIGUEL – June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez, Mo Tautuaa, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross
  • MERALCO – Chris Newsome, Chris Banchero, Brandon Bates, Raymond Almazan, Bong Quinto

End or extend?

After another down-to-the-wire finish in Game 5, the Meralco Bolts are now just one win away from their first ever title in franchise history.

And as the Bolts try to close out the series, the San Miguel Beermen will look to stay alive and even the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals at 3-3 when they clash anew in Game 6 on Sunday, June 16, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Bolts are fresh off a crucial 92-88 escape of the Beermen in Game 5, where they overcame a season-high 38-point explosion from Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo.

After struggling mightily from the field in the past three games, Meralco veteran Allein Maliksi finally found his groove on offense, firing 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting to power the Bolts to the victory. 

Meanwhile, Meralco star Chris Newsome continued his scoring spree as he followed up his 40-point Game 4 outing with 22 markers, to go with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. 

Expect Maliksi, Newsome, and the rest of the Bolts, to play like there’s no tomorrow as they look to complete the finals upset and finish off the Beermen in six games for their breakthrough championship.  

However, don’t count out the defending champion Beermen just yet as they shoot for another equalizer in this back-and-forth series.  

The Bolts haven’t won back-to-back games in this finals as the Beermen always manage to bounce back from their losses, as seen in Games 2 and 4. 

San Miguel, though, will need much better performances from its other stars namely CJ Perez and Marcio Lassiter, who combined for a dismal 7-of-27 field goal clip in Game 5.

Fajardo was the lone bright spot for San Miguel in the previous game as he connected on 14 of his 17 attempts from the field and shot a perfect 10-of-10 clip from the free throw line to reach 38 points, while also grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds.

Other key San Miguel players such as Don Trollano, Jericho Cruz, and Terrence Romeo, among others, must also step up offensively and help Fajardo carry the Beermen’s scoring load. 

Game time is 6:15 pm. – Rappler.com 

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.