For the first time this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, there was no blowout happened in Game 5 and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel proves better in close games compared to the San Miguel Beermen.
Each game in the series has its own hero and in yesterday’s full pack crowd in The Big Dome, it was Scottie Thompson’s turn to deliver the win to his team as the Gin Kings took the 3-2 lead.
Thompson scored six crucial points in the last minute of the fourth quarter and put his team up after down 80-83. Brgy Ginebra is now a win away to take the crown from the defending champions.
Scottie who usually wows the crowd with his amazing jumping ability to snag rebounds also had 11 boards and three assists. With 23 seconds left in the final period, he was fouled by June Mar Fajardo. Thompson went to the free-throw line and swished two freebies to give Ginebra a three-point lead advantage, 86-83.
The Beermen had the chance to tie the score during a wild San Miguel possession. However, Chris Ross and Arwind Santos three-point attempts didn’t find the bottom of the net.
Ross had the last chance after the Beermen secured another offensive rebound but when he launched his another three-point attempt, his foot stepped on the line and he was called out-of-bounds.
Without any choice, SMB committed an intentional foul and sent LA Tenorio to the charity stripe. Tenorio split his free-throw but gave the Gin Kings a four-point lead enough to win the game.
2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Justin Brownlee registered 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four block shots. LA Tenorio chipped in with 15 markers and five assists while Greg Slaughter who played bugged with foul troubles added 13 points, 13 rebounds and two swats.
Renaldo Balkaman who is in scoring frenzy in the opening quarter scored 34 points, 20 rebounds and 2 blocks. 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo added 23 points and eleven rebounds.
Next game is scheduled on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ginebra vs San Miguel Box Score
Quarter scores: 24-26 | 40-40 | 66-66 | 87-83
Gin Kings (87): Thompson 20, Brownlee 18, Tenorio 15, Slaughter 13, Devance 8, Aguilar 8, Chan 15
Beermen (83): Balkman 34, Fajardo 23, Lassiter 13, Cabagnot 5, Ross 3, Standhardinger 3, Santos 2