Scottie Thompson described his dagger three that sealed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s 115-110 win over Meralco in Game 5 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals as a “lucky shot.”
Thompson’s trey from way out gave the Gin Kings a 105-97 lead with 2:16 left in the fourth quarter and a much-needed gap after the Bolts fought back from 14 down to pull within a point during the fourth quarter.
“Wala na kasi nakita ko yung shot clock na I think four or three seconds na lang,” Thompson described. “So nakita ko na naka-sag ng konti si Allein so tinira ko na lang.
“Lucky shot,” Thompson concluded.
His three came after beating Meralco import Tony Bishop for the offensive rebound to keep the possession.
Jeff Chan would miss a three but Christian Standhardinger also got his own offensive board, resulting in the Thompson shot that rocked the Big Dome.
Coach Tim Cone, sitting beside Thompson at the press conference podium, responded by saying: “Lucky? Boooooo!!! Boooooo!!!”
But Cone continued that it was not as lucky as Thompson or the Ginebra fans thought.
“That was a pure shot,” said Cone. “That went through in so cleanly. No luck involved in that shot.
“That’s a lot of hard work that he’s put in the gym over the last four or five years making that shot.”
The three capped off another big performance from the Best Player of the Conference, who came close to a triple-double with 19 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.
It also boosted Thompson’s chances of winning the Finals Most Valuable Player award in the event Ginebra goes all the way.