BOCAUE – Scottie Thompson again proved to be Barangay Ginebra’s tower of power off the boards as he came through with a career-high in rebounds in the Kings’ 86-79 win over the Star Hotshots in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena here.
Standing at only 6-foot-1, Thompson snared a career-high 17 rebounds to beat out certified board crashers Marc Pingris (16) and even 6-foot-9 teammate Japeth Aguilar (10).
His effort also helped the Kings beat the Hotshots off the glass, 54-47.
Thompson, as usual, played down the feat, saying he merely focused on other aspects of the game since he didn’t really have a great offensive night for the Kings.
The sophomore guard was 0 for 5 from the field, but finished with five points by shooting 5 of 8 from the foul line.
“Dinadaan ko lang sa sipag,” said the 23-year-old native of Padada, Davao del Sur.
His latest feat also moved him to No. 4 overall among the top rebounding players this season, averaging 10.0 per game, just below behemoths June Mar Fajardo, Raymund Almazan, and Sean Anthony.
Thompson also added seven assists, which he however, credited to teammates knocking down their shots.
“Yung ang tina-trabaho namin sa practice, na every time na open, talagang gusto ni Coach Tim na itira,” he disclosed. “Lalong lalo na si Japeth (Aguilar) open siya lagi sa key hole. Kaya sobrang laking bagay yun kaya nakaka-assist ako.”
Aguilar finished the game with a new career-high of 32 points.