BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone was all praises for Scottie Thompson on Friday night, not so much for his triple-double but for his defense on Stanley Pringle.
Thompson finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists for the fourth triple-double of his young career, but it was the former Perpetual Help standout's defense on the in-form Pringle that left Cone impressed.
“I think the key to the game was how well Scottie Thompson played Pringle on defense,” said Cone after Ginebra's 116-98 win over the Batang Pier. “I just felt he was just outstanding."
Pringle was fresh from scoring 50 points in their previous game, but GlobalPort’s star was held to 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. He made his only two-point shot of the game, and the rest of his points were from threes.
“I don’t remember Stanley getting a two-point shot. I mean, I remember him scoring a two-point shot, maybe a transition lay-up or two. Generally, all his shots came from the three-point line. Scottie did a great job of limiting his touches. That was really the key."
Cone said if defensive numbers were quantifiable, Thompson would get a quadruple-double every time.
“It goes to show that Scottie is more than just a triple-double guy. If he had defense (numbers), maybe he is a quadruple-double guy because he certainly did double figures on defense today. He was awesome."