Brgy. Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson stood tall as the Kings gained a crack at a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after squeaking past Mahindra, 93-86, Friday night in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Thompson scattered with 12 points and hauled down as many rebounds that went with three assists in his biggest performance yet as helped the Kings turned back an undermanned but hard-fighting Enforcer.
Mahindra, which played without injured KG Canaleta, also had to endure the momentary loss of James White in the fourth quarter due to Flagrant Foul.
A dribbling violation by White with 18 seconds left doomed Mahindra’s comeback bid.
Justin Brownlee turned in another spectacular performance rifling in five triples en route to 27-point output alongside 17 rebounds. Japeth Aguilar also joined the party with 19 points, four boards and three shot blocks while the returning Greg Slaughter had seven markers and four boards before going out clutching his knee in a scary moment in the payoff period.
With their third straight win, the Kings improved to 7-2 for the solo second spot behind TNT Katropa’s 8-1 mark. Mahindra, meanwhile, slipped to fourth spot with 6-4 record, just half game behind idle San Miguel Beer (6-3).