Brgy. Ginebra proved true to its word, putting up a performance to remember as it overwhelmed San Miguel Beer, 117-92, on Tuesday night to move closer to rewarding its legions of fans a PBA championship they have long yearned for.
The Gin Kings zoomed to a blistering start, withstood one of the biggest runs by the Beermen, then built another cushion they didn’t relinquish anymore as they were left standing in their Governors’ Cup semifinal series sudden death in front over 20,000 fans at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Scottie Thompson rose to the occasion as the rookie playmaker bounced back from a scoreless outing with a career-high 25 points, on top of 15 boards, and five assists to lead the Gin Kings, who also drew splendid showings from LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, and import Justin Bronwlee.
“The message was sent by Scottie,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said. “If he was going to play like that, we were going to have a chance. And he was contagious.”
“It’s such a redemptive win,” the champion coach, looking back on their 29-point loss to the Beermen in Game Four. “We were really embarrassed in Game Four, but this was redemption.”