PBA: Scottie scores career-high 27 as Ginebra wins Manila Clasico
Paul Lintag on Mar 17, 2019 09:25 PM
Scottie Thompson scored a career-high 27 points to lead Ginebra. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists.
Brgy. Ginebra has regained the upper hand in Manila Clasico.
The Gin Kings won the first rivalry game of the year, taking down Magnolia in overtime in the Philippine Cup Sunday at the Big Dome, 97-93.
Ginebra needed all of its earlier 15-point lead to hold on for the win in the end as the Hotshots refused to just simply go away without a fight.
Nevertheless, it was the Gin Kings that took the win in extra time to start Manila Clasico 2019 in their favor. More importantly, Ginebra won a second straight game for 5-3 record, keeping a shots at a top-2 finish alive.
Up six in regulation, Ginebra surrendered back-to-back booming triples to Jio Jalalon in the final 38 seconds, forcing an 85-all tie.
In the final play of the fourth, LA Tenorio missed the game-winner and the game would need an extra five minutes to finish.
Come the overtime period, Scottie Thompson hit a booming triple of his own inside the last two minutes while Japeth Aguilar came through on the defensive end twice and connected on a fastbreak dunk as the Gin Kings finally managed to pull away for good.
Thompson scored a career-high 27 points to lead Ginebra. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists.
“It certainy lived up to the hype today,” head coach Tim Cone said on Manila Clasico.
“I gotta give a lot of credit to the players for getting their minds back to the game after [Jio’s] shot,” he added.
After Thompson, three other Gin Kings scored in double figures with Japeth Aguilar adding 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds and his two crucial blocks in overtime.
New PBA Iron Man LA Tenorio was good for 10 points and eight assists while Greg Slaughter chipped in 11.
Magnolia dropped to 3-5 with the loss but the Hotshots got a big effort from Mark Barroca who scored 23 points. Jalalon was also sensational, firing 22 points.
Ginebra 97 - Thompson 27, Aguilar 16, Slaughter 11, Tenorio 10, Dela Cruz 8, Mercado 8, Ferrer 7, Chan 5, Mariano 0.
Magnolia 93 - Barroca 23, Jalalon 22, Sangalang 15, Lee 10, Brondial 8, Reavis 6, Dela Rosa 4, Simon 3, Gamalinda 2, Ramos 0, Melton 0, Pascual 0, Herndon 0.
Quarters: 19-15, 43-35, 63-62, 85-85, 97-93.
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