PERPETUAL’S new chapter looks promising, and count Scottie Thompson among those believers of this group this NCAA Season 94.
“Nakikita ko sa kanila na positive na positive sila, lalo na’t nakikita kong low-scoring game so focused talaga sila sa defense,” he said on Saturday.
Perpetual made life difficult for the defending champion in the curtain-raiser, forcing San Beda to shoot a measly 36-percent from the field and commit a whopping 21 turnovers.
Had Edgar Charcos not turn the ball over in the waning seconds, the Altas might’ve forced an overtime or even win the game with a triple.
But even though Perpetual lost the season-opener to San Beda , 67-65, the defeat should be seen as enough of a statement that this team is indeed for real.
For Thompson, a big chunk of the credit should be placed on coach Frankie Lim, who has slowly been turning the page since ascending to the post back in January.
“I think yung nakita ko sila sa laro nila ngayon, iba talaga yung nagawa ni coach Frankie Lim sa offseason. Yung tinatrabaho nila, yun ang lumalabas ngayon. Proud ako na maganda yung pinapakita nila ngayon at sana magtuloy-tuloy,” he said.
Lim’s resume speaks for itself, winning four NCAA titles back in his days as a coach for the Red Lions.
And for Thompson, the NCAA Season 90 MVP, a mentor like Lim is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Altas, which has missed the Final Four last season.
“Yun ang pinaka-kailangan ng Perpetual, yung new coach na nakakapagdala ng winning tradition. Malaking bagay yung winning tradition ni coach Frankie Lim, kaya sana madala ng Perps,” said the Ginebra guard.
With how things are going so far for the Altas in the early goings of the tournament, Thompson believes that his alma mater has a chance to make it back to the big dance.
“Parang nakikita ko na maganda ang season namin ngayon,” he said. “Feeling ko kaya naming mag-Final Four ngayon.”