Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) PSC-POC Media Group

19th Asian Games

Newsome cherishes bond formed with Perez, Oftana through Gilas


Chris Newsome cherishes his deep friendship with Gilas Pilipinas teammates CJ Perez and Calvin Oftana after the journey they had this year with the national team program.

Newsome, who spoke at the Thanksgiving party hosted by Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. last Tuesday, felt that the trio’s gold-medal triumph in the 19th Asian Games was a culmination of their months-long commitment to their duty to play for the country.

From winning the 3×3 gold medal in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games to being part of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 pool to helping the Philippines end its 61-year gold drought in the Asiad – it is safe to say that Newsome, Oftana and Perez have been through a lot this year with Gilas.

“It wasn’t just me who was cut (from the World Cup team),” said Newsome. “Calvin also was part of that cut as well. CJ was blessed to be part of that World Cup team.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that we’ve actually been together since SEA Games. There’s a commitment from all of us that we’re not just Asian Games but going all the way back in April when we had a training camp for SEA Games,” the Meralco star continued.

“The three of us have been fully committed to the program. I want everybody out there to know that we really care about playing for the national team. It means a lot for us and for us to bring back the gold medal is such an honor.”

While success in sports is mainly measured by the number of medals and trophies an athlete has won, an unquantifiable aspect is the memories that the players and coaches share together in their quest for glory.

#ReadMore  After bitter end to MPBL campaign, Basilan out for redemption in VisMin

Whether these memories involve banter, confrontations and hilarious moments, sports people will always look back on their experiences within the confines of the locker room and team accommodation as much as the games themselves.

It is for this reason and Newsome shares a special bond with Oftana and Perez considering the lengths they had to go through to play for the country.

FIBA-WC-Philippines-vs-Dominicana-Chris-Newsome Newsome cherishes bond formed with Perez, Oftana through Gilas 19th Asian Games Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports news“We want you guys to know that we’re doing this for you. We’re doing this for our families, for our loved ones and we’re hoping that it made everybody proud,” said the Ateneo product.

“Again, it’s the three of us who have made it through the entire program from that time until right now. I’m happy to be on the stage with my brothers. Of course, this is an experience we’re gonna remember for the rest of our lives,” he continued.

“Though there were a lot of ups and downs and emotions that go with the process, something like this coming out with the gold makes it all worth it.”

It remains to be seen how the next Gilas team will be formed for the 2024 Summer Olympics qualification campaign. By then, the team might be handled by a new coach who will select a different set of players.

It is for this reason that Newsome and the rest of the Gilas squad from the 19th Asian Games fought hard every game — to keep their team and dream of winning the gold medal alive for as long as possible.

The team eventually got the job done and if it was the last competition the trio could win together, then what a way to bow out.

#ReadMore  Young guns CJ Perez, Robert Bolick provide silver-lining for Gilas

“As I said, we’re gonna remember this for the rest of our lives and one thing that we did say in the locker room was that this was our last dance because we don’t know if ever we’re gonna get another team together or every single piece is gonna be there,” said Newsome.

“We really wanted to be in that moment, cherish that moment with the people that were around us and in that locker room and just to try to do something special, we were able to get that done.”

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


You May Also Like

2024 Summer Olympics

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone bared that invitations have come their way for their buildup toward the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024 in...

Basketball

Justin Brownlee did not disappoint in his much-awaited return to a Philippine basketball court on Sunday night, leading Gilas Pilipinas to a dominant victory...

Basketball

With the opening window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers officially over, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone revealed that Justin Brownlee is...

Basketball

In a highly anticipated comeback to the home court, Justin Brownlee, undeterred by his recent suspension, orchestrated a dazzling performance that underscored his unwavering...

Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas Men ushered their new era on a strong note. In the first-ever FIBA game of the Philippines under Tim Cone, Gilas torched...

Basketball

Mark Barroca and Japeth Aguilar will be headlining the 2024 PBA All-Star. The decorated veterans topped the fan voting and will therefore serve as...

Basketball

After being ruled out of the opening window of the 2025 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, AJ Edu announced that he is set to make...

Basketball

Carl Tamayo is moving on from his stint with Ryukyu as he shifts his focus towards Gilas Pilipinas’ upcoming campaign in the first window...

Advertisement