Chot Reyes fully believes that Scottie Thompson won’t miss another set of free throws when it truly matters.
The 29-year old Thompson was devasted after missing two free throws which could’ve given Gilas Pilipinas a one-point lead over Jordan with just 30 ticks left on the game clock.
“Biggest missed free throws sa career ko. But I’m gonna learn from this and sobrang dami kong nabigo na mga Pilipino, so masakit for me but I think ito ‘yung best na reminder sa akin na I have to get better,” said Thompson who nonetheless dished out a significant contribution of 9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal in 30 minutes of play.
The Gilas head coach immediately offered comforting words to the reigning PBA Most Valuable Player who was visibly frustrated after the unexpected defeat on home soil.
“I told Scottie not to get down on himself. We wouldn’t have gotten to the free throw if he didn’t rebound it anyway. Siya rin naman kumuha ng rebound na ‘yun eh. Those things happen,” said Reyes.
“Scottie is going to be a much better player from that. It happened already in our history, and I’m sure you remember those things in the past. And like I said, it was his efforts that he got the offensive rebound. Unfortunately, he missed. When it matters, I don’t think Scottie will miss again,” he added.
Brgy. Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee, who dropped a game-high 41 points on the visitors, also had good things to say about his teammate.
“Definitely weird from Scottie (but) every player experiences that. It’s nothing to be down about,” said Brownlee.
“Scottie had made great shots and made big plays throughout his whole career and even big plays in this game. If he didn’t make some of those plays, we’ll not be in a position (to win), those two free throws were crucial but at the end of the day, we know Scottie can make those and we still believe in him,” added the naturalized Filipino.