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Gilas’ Scottie Thompson on missed free throws: 'I’m going to learn from this'

A late foul and two missed free throws from Scottie Thompson cost Gilas the win against Jordan. Kennelf Monteza
By Stewart Tan

MANILA--Earl Scottie Thompson was apologetic to the Gilas Pilipinas fans for his endgame mistakes in their 91-90 loss to Jordan in the sixth window of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Monday night at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard admitted that there was pressure when he missed two free throws in the final 30 seconds that could have given Gilas Pilipinas the lead.

“Biggest missed free throws ko sa career ko. I’m going to learn from this. Sobrang ang dami kong nabigo na Pilipino,” Thompson said. “Andun ‘yung pressure kaya kinakausap ko ‘yung sarili ko na sana ma-shoot ko. Pero ganun talaga.”

Thompson, the reigning PBA MVP, also admitted that he was unaware of the existing FIBA ruling where committing an away from play foul will merit a technical free throw. 

“Dami dami (ko ring crucial errors). Yung foul ko nung down the stretch, may rule pala ang FIBA about dun at hindi ko alam ‘yun so nagulat din kami,” Thompson said.

“We had a flat start and we got through it hanggang sa dulo. Nabigyan namin ng magandang laban (yung Jordan) pero yun nga we came up short, dahil sa missed free throw ko,” he added.

Regardless of the close defeat, the national men’s basketball team will still advance to the 2023 FIBA World Cup tournament proper for being one of the three host countries of the competition.

With a report from Ivan Saldajeno from Bocaue.

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