SCOTTIE Thompson is usually just providing offensive support, but now, he’s the one who's asking for some.
Barangay Ginebra seeks to draw significant production aside from its standout sophomore playmaker as it tries to put its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against San Miguel Beer on level terms in Game Two on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Coming in averaging 11.2 points in the eliminations, Thompson was forced to be extra aggressive in Game One of the Final Four as he registered 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three treys to lead the Gin Kings in a losing effort.
“Oo (kailangan) kasi talagang wala akong ibang gusto kundi sana maidikit namin, para sa dulo may chance kami maipanalo yung game,” said the usually pass-first combo guard, who dished out 5.7 assists in the regular season.
Thompson’s occasional offensive brilliance, however, was no match compared to the Beermen’s hot shooting as a unit led by Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and Von Pessumal as MVP June Mar Fajardo didn’t even have to score in double digits for them to score the blowout win.
“Sobrang tough team sila, ang dami nilang weapons,” Thompson said.
“Talagang aggressive sila simula hanggang huli,” he added. “Nandun naman yung effort namin, yung mental lang namin siguro yung nawala dun.”
Except for Sol Mercado, Japeth Aguilar, and Sol Mercado, Thompson found little help from anyone else as backcourt partner LA Tenorio and Joe Devance were limited to single-digit scoring as fatigue from playing four games in a week took its toll.
“Although nafi-feel namin yung fatigue, it's not an excuse pa rin,” Thompson said ahead of Game Two of the best-of-seven series that tips off at 6:30 p.m.