After asking for break, recharged Thompson re-energizes Altas

Tricia Robredo on Aug 09, 2015 03:52 PM
After asking for break, recharged Thompson reenergizes Altas
REST IS FOR THE STRONG. An overworked Scottie Thompson needed a few days off to get the bounce in his step back.

After suffering back-to-back losses - with the one against San Beda College particularly disappointing for him – a University of Perpetual Help’s Scottie Thompson asked to sit out practice for a few days.

“Hindi muna ako nagpakita. Kinausap ko sila coach na kung pwede pass muna ako. Sobrang frustrated kasi ako nun tapos parang nawalan ng gana,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports.

While some coaches probably wouldn’t have permitted their players to take a break, Altas mentor Aric del Rosario decided that it might be best for his captain and star guard to take a break. Not only was Scottie mentally defeated, but was also extremely physically exhausted.

The first round of the season isn’t done yet and it’s a little too early to feel fatigued. However, when you play almost the entire duration of each and every game, it’s impossible not to as del Rosario said, talking about Thompson, “Kaya hindi ko na rin siya pinag-ensayo. Sumasakit na katawan eh. Mas mahirap kung lalo lumala injury niya.

Although they have other offensive options, coach Aric admits that so far it’s only Scottie who has been able to execute and his system. So more often than not, he’s forced to field him in for an extended period of time.

Last Thursday against Arellano University was one of the rare times Scottie asked to be subbed, but not even a minute passed before he was sent back in. “Sabi ko pa-sub muna para mamaya, makabanat ulit ako. Pero nung hindi masyadong nag-click, naisip ko nalang, ‘Patay. Ibabalik na ako,’” he recalled.

Realizing that his squad finds trouble in sustaining their energy until the game ends, coach Aric made it a point to condition the rest of the squad as well. “Sa game, kinakapos kami. So talagang pinatakbo ko sila sa field (pagkatapos nung talo). Pagdating sa court, kahit may bola, puro takbuhan pa rin,” he said.

Perpetual saw the fruits of their labor after winning against the Chiefs and snapping their two-game losing skid. Happy with the change he saw, del Rosario said, “Medyo bumalik na ulit yung kumpyansa namin. At least, nakabawi na at may chance ulit sa Final Four.”


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