PBA Governors' Cup

Cone no longer surprised as Scottie tows Ginebra to do-or-die

Delfin Dioquino
Cone no longer surprised as Scottie tows Ginebra to do-or-die

FINAL FOUR. Scottie Thompson and Barangay Ginebra stay alive in their Governors' Cup title-retention bid.

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Scottie Thompson delivers another masterful performance as Barangay Ginebra stays alive in the PBA Governors' Cup

MANILA, Philippines – It was just another day in the office for Scottie Thompson. 

Tim Cone said he is no longer surprised to see Thompson deliver another masterful performance as Barangay Ginebra stayed alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 104-92 quarterfinals win over TNT on Wednesday, March 16. 

Helping the Gin Kings stave off elimination, Thompson scattered 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with 15 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 blocks. 

“I think those are the kind of numbers he’s going to put up consistently all the time as his career continues to evolve and get better. So I’m not surprised by that,” Cone said. 

Thompson churned out 9 crucial points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than the clutch three-pointer with two minutes left. 

The Tropang Giga trailed by just 4 points, 90-94, before Thompson found his mark from beyond the arc for the triple that sparked their win-clinching 10-2 run. 

As proof of his positive impact, Thompson tallied a plus-minus of +18 – the second-highest in the team – despite playing 45 minutes. 

“That’s Scottie, man. That’s all I can say about that,” Cone said. 

“I took him out of the game twice and we lost leads as soon as he walked off the court. So that should tell you how important that all is.” 

For Cone, what made Thompson more impressive was the fact that he did all of that while being the primary defender of Mikey Williams. 

Williams struggled as he scored 19 points on 18 shots – a subpar performance for the Best Player of the Conference contender. 

“He’s doing that and he’s doing the rebounds and he’s doing the scoring and he’s doing the assisting,” Cone said.

“I know he’s popular because he plays for Ginebra, but even if he’s on another team, I think that he would be considered one of the top players in the league.” – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.