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Cone explains Thompson's absence in Q4 of Ginebra win

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By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Entering the fourth quarter of the Ginebra-Rain Or Shine game at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night, Scottie Thompson was flirting at a triple-double, tallying seven points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

However, Coach Tim Cone decided not to field in Thompson for the entire fourth quarter, and, in the post-game press conference, he explained, "[The Elasto Painters] were playing a bigger lineup, and we felt we need to get a little more size. That's why Chris Ellis played down the stretch."

He further said, "Scottie's still young. He still makes mistakes defensively. He's a beautiful player offensively, but he's still learning the defensive side of the game."

That defensive gamble eventually paid off as the Barangay limited the E-Painters to only 12 points in the payoff period of the 81-74 win.

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