Scottie Thompson was one shy of a 20-rebound game just as Ginebra fell short of a comeback against Magnolia, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
Thompson's 19 rebounds was a career-high - pretty impressive even for somebody who has been known to make highlights out of getting the ball off of the boards.
As it turns out, though, the 6-foot-1 guard had to turn all his attention to rebounds as his shot was offline all game long. "Wala kasi akong ibang magawa e. 'Di ako maka-shoot kaya ni-try ko na lang mag-hustle," he said, referring to his three-point outing in the Gin Kings' do-or-die game against the Hotshots.
He then continued, "Wala na akong ibang pwedeng gawin e."
Indeed, Thompson did his best to make an impact in terms of scoring, but today was just one of those days that he could not buy a basket. He ultimately wound up shooting 1-of-11 from the field and 0-for-2 from the line.
Still, the 25-year-old found other ways to make an impact, also registering seven assists and three steals to go along with his career-best rebounding output.
However, none of that could stop red-hot Magnolia which just turned it on in the middle periods, scoring 60 points en route to a 13-point win.
In the end, Thompson could only acknowledge that all of Ginebra didn't do enough. "Para sa kanila talaga. From the start, outplayed kami so congrats sa kanila," he said.
Now, much like he turned his attention to hustle plays, he and the rest of the Gin Kings go back to the drawing board for the next conference. "Nakaka-frustrate, siyempre. Lahat kami down so siguro, ang pinaka-best na gawin namin is learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward," he said.
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