Scottie Thompson made a big three in the closing seconds to cap a near triple-double performance and lift Barangay Ginebra to the PBA Philippine Cup finale with an 83-80 nail-biter over underdog but fierce-fighting Meralco in their semis do-or-die duel Friday.
“Tinira ko na lang dahil wala ng oras. Tinira ko na lang at si God na ang nag-shoot non,” said Thompson of his winning basket that sent them to an interesting title series with TNT Tropang Giga starting Sunday at the AUF Sports Center Powered by Smart 5G.
“Very thankful kami nanalo. Talagang tough game. Lahat ng hard work namin mula sa offseason, sa quarantine break at hanggang sa bubble, nag-pay off,” Thompson also said.
Their bubble fate was in the balance until Thompson made the three-pointer that broke an 80-all deadlock and the heart of the Meralco side.
Ginebra ended Meralco’s dream ride in the bubble tourney, with the Kings winning the winner-take-all and thus gaining a crack at a first all-Filipino crown in 13 years.
Thompson played big in the rubber, going 7-of-15 from the field and also coming through with 12 rebounds and seven assists against four turnovers.
Stanley Pringle (22 points and eight rebounds), LA Tenorio (14 and five) and Japeth Aguilar (12 and eight) also provided huge lift for the Kings who stayed in the hunt for a follow-up to their Governors Cup crown.