Scottie Thompson stars as Brgy. Ginebra comes back from 22 down to beat Terrafirma
Scottie Thompson delivered a phenomenal, all-around performance as Brgy. Ginebra completed a comeback from a 22-point deficit to stun Terrafirma, 112-107, in the elimination round of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The 28-year old Thompson scattered 20 points, 15 in the 2nd half, to lead the crowd darlings past the Dyip for their second straight win after dropping the previous four. He also contributed 13 boards and 11 dimes to finish with a triple-double as the Gin Kings improved to 5-4 with just 2 games left on their schedule.
Justin Brownlee paced the defending champions with 29 points to go with 15 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal and a block in 44 minutes of play.
“Naunahan kami sa first half, pero pinakita namin ‘yung Never Say Die spirit namin,” said Thompson who was adjudged as the Best Player of the match.
“And of course, first time namin makita ulit yung mga Ginebra fans dito, so kailangan namin sipagan sa second half para bigyan sila ng magandang laro,” he added.
Head coach Tim Cone heaped praises on the scintillating performance of the former Perpetual Help standount.
“He willed us to this win,” said Cone during the post-game presser. “I really felt that he willed us to this win. He was everywhere and doing everything.”
“He didn’t have any quit in him – he kept fighting and fighting. And it became contagious for the rest of the team,” he added.
Christian Standhardinger added 26 points and 8 rebounds while Japeth Aguilar chipped in 19 markers.
The Gin Kings take a 4-day break before clashing with the streaking NLEX Road Warriors on Friday, March 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brgy. Ginebra 112 – Brownlee 29, Standhardinger 26, Thompson 20, J. Aguilar 19, Tenorio 8, Pinto 7, Onwubere 3, Tolentino 0, Chan 0.
Terrafirma 107 – Tiongson 27, Munzon 23, Hester 18, Cahilig 10, Ramos 9, Go 7, Pascual 6, Daquioag 3, Calvo 2, Camson 2, Gabayni 0.
Quarterscores: 20-34, 42-63, 76-85, 112-107.