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    Scottie says clutch trey a 'lucky shot.' Cone begs to disagree

    Apr 17, 2022
    Scottie Thompson delivers the big baskets for Ginebra late in Game Five.
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    SCOTTIE Thompson again proved to be a thorn in the side of Meralco.

    The high-flying guard buried a clutch three-pointer that proved to be the killer blow in Barangay Ginebra's 115-110 win over Meralco, moving the Kings on the brink of retaining the PBA Governors Cup title.

    Thompson nailed the trey with 2:17 to play, capping a run of seven unanswered points by the Kings that hiked their lead back to 105-97.

    Prior to that telling run, the Bolts were threatening at 98-97.

    Scottie Thompson gets a hug from LA Tenorio after the big trey.

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    Thompson later referred to the shot as 'lucky.'

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    "Lucky shot," said Thompson during the post-game interview inside the Willie Caballes Hall, drawing a smile from coach Tim Cone who was seated beside him.

    "Kasi nakita ko yung shot clock four or three seconds na lang. And si Allein [Maliksi] nakita ko naka-sag na kaya tinira ko na lang."

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      The three-pointer brought back memories of Thompson nailing the game-winner from beyond the arc in Ginebra's do-or die Game 5 in the Philippine Cup semifinals inside the Clark bubble thay denied Meralco a finals berth.

      This time the Bolts are still alive, but the Kings have now taken over the series, 3-2, and could clinch the season-ending meet again for the second straight time with another win in Game 6 on Wednesday.

      Thompson came a rebound shy of a triple double with 19 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds. He was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc, the last one serving as the final nail on Meralco's coffin.

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      Pure shot

      "That was a pure shot," said Cone, opposing Thompson's view of the clutch three-pointer.

      "It went through so clearly. There was no luck involved in that shot," added the Ginebra mentor. "That's a lot of hardwork he's put in the gym over the last four or five years making that shot."

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