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Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra goes in for a drive against Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts (PBA Images)

Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra goes in for a drive against Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts (PBA Images)

By Ernest Hernandez

Sophomore guard Scottie Thompson just added another PBA title to his young professional career following Barangay Ginebra’s triumph over the Meralco Bolts. The Gin Kings successfully defended the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.

Making it sweeter was the fact that Ginebra achieved the feat in front of a record 54,000 people.

“Ang sarap ng panalong ito lalo na sa harap ng pinakamalaking crowd sa history ng PBA,” said Thompson.

With his potential and unlikely skill set for a guard, Ginebra Coach Tim Cone unleashed Thompson in his second year and inserted him in the starting line alongside LA Tenorio to man the backcourt.

In the biggest stage, Thompson had some struggles during the first games of the PBA Finals. However, he came up with a big performance when they needed it most during Game 7. He posted 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals.

“Siyempre, nakaka-pressure din. Start noong series, nag-struggle din ako. Iyan yung kinaganda ng series na mahaba. Sobrang thankful kami kasi Game 7 halos lahat kami pumutok,” said Thompson.

The former NCAA MVP will cherish every minute, having never expected a very colorful and promising career at this early stage.

“Sobrang saya ko. Sobrang blessed. Hindi mo na alam ulit kung kalian ka mag- finals. Talagang thankful ako kay Coach Tim, sa tiwala na binibigay niya sa amin. Hindi ko ma-explain. Sobrang sarap ng pakiramdam.”

In a previous post, it was also reported that former league MVP, Jayjay Helterbrand may have played his last PBA game. True or not, nothing has been officially set. For Scottie, he is thankful to have been mentored by one of the league’s 40 greatest players.

“Masaya ako, kasi naabutan ko pa siya. Alam ko kung paano siya mag-mentor sa amin. Isa talaga sa mentor ko sa team. At the same time, nakakalungkot kasi, yun nga, wala na si Kuya Jay. Isa siya sa nagmo-motivate sa aming mga bago. Next season, maninibago kami. “

For Thompson, the most important lesson he learned from Helterbrand was not on the basketball court

“Talagang God-fearing siya, hindi niya nakakalimot magdasal. On and off the court, tinuturo niya ang tama at mali,” Thompson concluded.

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