Thompson banged a clutch triple -his only field goal- in the dying seconds of Game 5 that proved to be the dagger as the Gin Kings inched one game closer to ending their eight-year championship drought.
The former Perpetual standout was held scoreless in first three quarters, but a timely triple moments after a controversial non-call on Sol Mercado’s travelling violation helped the crowd darlings staved off a late Meralco rally.
“Nakita ko shot clock papunta sakin si LA (Tenorio), confident ako na itira yun,” described Thompson after their 92-81 win on Sunday. “Yun pumasok naman.”
Thompson provided the fitting end to Ginebra’s dominant performance with all players managing to chip in points.
But he insisted there’s no time for celebration yet for Ginebra, as the Bolts are very capable on making the necessary adjustments to force a rubber match Game 7.
“Yun lang, sabi ni Coach Tim not too high not too low, relax lang kami, ‘Wag na isipin ang game na to, next game na kami,” said Thompson, who finished with five points, two rebounds, and three assists.
“Di ganun kadali, sobrang hirap pa, Meralco ready sila sa pinapakita namin and mag-a-adjust sila, ready lang kami, si coach Tim wino-work out yung adjustments and kung ano pa pwede gawin,” he added.
And like a veteran, Thompson knows closing out a series will be the toughest test for them this conference.
“Di naman nawawala ang pressure, ‘yun ang pinakamahirap na game, iko-close na yung series.” – By Jason Mercene