Bittersweet feeling for Thompson as Kuya Jay 'retires'
Mark Escarlote on Oct 28, 2017 07:46 AM
Ngayon ko nga lang nalaman, tinanong ko si Kuya Jay sabi ko, “Last mo na ito, Kuya?” sabi niya, “Oo”. So niyakap ko siya talagang sabi ko para sa kanya ‘to -- Scottie Thompson on Kuya Jayjay Helterbrand
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Barangay Ginebra’s conquest of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday left a bittersweet feeling for sophomore guard Scottie Thompson.
Proud of his accomplishment as part of the Gin Kings’ back-to-back champion team, Thompson felt that he couldn’t completely celebrate the victory as it was also his ‘Kuya’ Jayjay Helterbrand’s farewell game.
“Emotional, naiiyak ako. Kanina ko lang nalaman noong tinanong ko. So talagang naging emotional ako sabi ko para sa kanya ito. Nakakalungkot talaga,” said Thompson after the Gin Kings finished off Meralco, 101-96, in Game 7 of the series witnessed by a record mammoth crowd of 54,086 inside the Philippine Arena here.
The two developed a special bond in just two years as teammates with the 41-year-old Helterbrand serving as friend and mentor to the young rising star.
‘Yun ang pinaka-sad sa part namin kasi unang-una kahit hindi siya unang naglalaro yung leadership niya saka yung pagme-mentor niya especially sa akin sobrang laking tulong,” said Thompson.
Helterbrand, the half of the “the Fast and the Furios” tandem with another senior player Mark Caguioa, was mum about his retirement.
“I’m just gonna celebrate,” said Helterbrand, a direct hire by Ginebra back in 2000. “I’m not thinking about it right now.”
But Thompson said that he asked Helterbrand after the game if it was his swan song.
“Ngayon ko nga lang nalaman, tinanong ko si Kuya Jay sabi ko, “Last mo na ito, Kuya?” sabi niya, “Oo”. So niyakap ko siya talagang sabi ko para sa kanya ‘to,” according to Thompson.
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