SMB import Devon Scott says he was fouled by Thompson

SAN Miguel importer Devon Scott is in no doubt he was fouled by Scottie Thompson in Sunday’s final game but stressed that was not the reason the Beermen lost to Barangay Ginebra.

The Beermen turned to Scott on the final play of the match after Thompson drained a three-pointer to put Ginebra ahead for the first time, 97-96, in a thrilling contest at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With 4.8 seconds to work, Scott was never able to attack as he was stripped off the post by Thompson, preserving Ginebra’s comeback victory.

A foul, which would have resulted in free throws for Scott as Ginebra was already on the penalty spot, should have been called by the referees, Scott said.

“Honestly, the last possession, I played a lot of basketball in different places. It’s a foul everywhere else in the world,” Scott said.

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“There’s no way in the world of basketball that a player can get through any player to get the ball and not be a foul,” Scott said.

But Scott was quick to clarify that the Beermen shouldn’t have been in this situation in the first place as they squandered a 19-point lead to go down to 3-4, ending their two-game winning streak.

” Do not mistake yourself. It is our fault that we are in this position. I should have been better down the stretch and got to where we are not in that position in a home and away game. I should have been better,” Scott said.

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“But that play is a foul. If that same play happens with me and I do that to him, it’s a foul. But the referees didn’t see it that way. We didn’t win the ball back and the game is over, we lost,” Scott said.

Scott nearly led SMB to victory with two crucial shots, the last of which propelled the Beermen to a 96-94 lead only for the Gin Kings to escape with the victory.

Scott, the team’s third import this conference, had 26 points and 21 rebounds but felt he also let the Beermen down with missed shots from distance off the board.

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“They had a good run on the stretch. I felt we were playing good defense but we were turning the ball around a bit and missing a few shots, myself included. I missed a lot of bunnies right at the edge. But at the end of the day, they did what they were supposed to do. They ran their course. They did some big hits on the stretch,” Scott said.

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Scott treats the loss as a learning experience.

“It’s a tough loss. But at the end of the day my mentality is you never lose. You always learn. We learned a lot of lessons today,” Scott said.

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