Finals loss a motivating factor for Brgy. Ginebra next season, says Scottie Thompson

The painful loss of Brgy. Ginebra to TNT in the Finals of the PBA Season 47 Governors’ Cup will serve Brgy. Ginebra in good stead.

The Gin Kings, who won the last two stagings of the season-ending conference in 2019 and 2021, were up in the series after Game 3, 2-1, but couldn’t pull off another victory which enabled the Tropang Giga to wrest the title.

Reigning league MVP Scottie Thompson said that the crowd darlings definitely learned a lot of lessons in the unexpected defeat.

“This is the best way for us to learn. Marami kaming natutunan dito sa series na ito. Malaking bagay for us ang experience na ito kahit natalo kami dadalhin namin ito as motivation sa mga next conferences,” explained the 29-year-old product of the University of Perpetual Help.

“Tough series against a very tough team. Pero TNT talagang deserved nila ang championship na ito,” he added.

Despite failing to defend the title, Thompson remained upbeat on the team’s chances in the upcoming season.

“We’re very proud of our team kung saan kami ngayon. Hindi yung gusto namin na goal na mangyari ngayon kasi hindi namin naabot, and marami ring NSD fan na malungkot ngayon,” he said. “Pero talagang ganun, may nananalo, may natatalo. Pero ang importante, talagang lumaban kami hanggang dulo.”

The 2-time PBA Finals MVP will now take a well-deserved vacation and prepare for the arrival of his first child with wife Jinky due on either the first or second week of May.

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