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Newsome says elbow on Agovida was unintentional

08:45 PM November 04, 2015

Blackwater Elite vs Meralco Bolts

Meralco’s Chris Newsome (11) is closely guarded by Blackwater’s Raphy Reyes. PBA IMAGES

Meralco rookie Chris Newsome said his elbow that hit Blackwater’s Keith Agovida in the first half of their game on Wednesday and merited an ejection was unintentional.

Newsroom landed an elbow in the face of Agovida after the two collided in the air as the former Ateneo standout was going for a dunk at the 2:20 mark of the second quarter.

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“I went up and he jumped. Any time you jump and someone’s going to block you, your first instinct is to protect the ball,” Newsome. who was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2, said after the Bolts’ 92-90 defeat to the Elite.

“I basically just went from my right to my left and just happened to hit his face,” he added after scoring seven points.

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The 25-year-old guard said that getting ejected in just his second PBA game won’t affect the way he plays.

“I feel like it shouldn’t be judged off of one play. Regardless, I’m still going to play hard. I’m still going to play my game.”

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