PBA: For once, Scottie’s scoring is highlight for Ginebra

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 05, 2018 10:04 PM
PBA: For once, Scottie’s scoring is highlight for Ginebra
In a rare occurrence, Scottie Thompson was the top scorer for Ginebra in their pivotal Game 5 victory versus San Miguel

Scottie Thompson is, perhaps, the only player who could make highlights out of rebounds.

At least once a game, he skies over bigger players to collar rebounds up top.

A rebounding guard, Ginebra’s young star is always a threat for a triple-double.

In fact, he would have had several triple-doubles already in his young PBA career if only he would have scored more.

In three seasons as a Gin King, Thompson has per game counts of 9.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.

Safe to say, among scoring, rebounding, and assisting – scoring is the least of his priorities.

In their crucial Game 5 matchup opposite defending champion San Miguel, however, the second-year player took on a heavier scoring load – dropping a team-high 20 points on top of 11 rebounds and three assists.

More importantly, he delivered six of those in the last two minutes – including the go-ahead and insurance baskets.

As always, though, Thompson remained modest – even after he essentially won the game for Ginebra. “Sobrang lucky lang kasi yung defense namin, talagang grind out. Yung mga shoot ko bandang huli, I think, lucky shot na lang yun,” he told reporters post-game.

He then went on to say that the only reason he took those so-called lucky shots is all because of the trust his team has in him. “My teammates and coaches talaga, sinasabi nila, if they leave me open, itira ko. Kaya yun lang ginagawa ko, kung open ako, tinitira ko lang,” he said.

Thompson made it clear, however, that this is far from the ultimate goal for him. “Hopefully, ganun pa rin kasi gusto ko aggressive every time sa offense and defense – hustling, offensive rebounds, defending. Ganyan naman talaga pinaka-best way na tulong ko sa team,” he said.

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