SCOTTIE Thompson has always looked for his Ginebra teammates and made them look good that LA Tenorio wanted his rookie backcourt partner to be selfish for once.
After averaging just 5.1 points in the elimination round and reaching double-digit scoring just thrice the entire conference, Thompson dropped 24 points and took the most attempts among Ginebra players with 19 to spark a 117-92 win over San Miguel Beer that closed out their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone bared their first play of the game was designed for Thompson, who missed it, but went on to score 15 in the first period.
“Isa lang sinabi ko sa kanya before the game: ‘Mag-buakaw ka this game.’ Yun lang,'” Tenorio said. “Sabi ko, 'I want you to be aggressive.' Kahit na-miss yung first shot niya, wala akong pakialam. You shoot fifty attempts. I want you to be confident out there. Wag mo hanapin yung mga pasa.'”
“At nag-respond siya dun sa challenge,” he added. “Yun lang ang kailangan niya na may mag-push sa kanya kasi mahiyaing bata eh. Yun ang personality niya. Sabi ko wala ako pakialam kung mag-miss ka ng forty, basta itira mo.”
“And nung nakaka-shoot na siya, sabi ko, ‘Kaya mo pala umiskor eh,’” Tenorio continued with a smile. “Fulfillment na sa akin yun pag nakikita kong sinasabihan ko siya at nakikinig.”
Thompson did more than scoring as usual as he completed another all-around effort with 15 boards, three assists, one block, and one steal in 38 minutes.
“Masaya ako dahil nanidito siya sa Ginebra, malaking tulong talaga,” Tenorio said. “Sobrang laking bagay talaga si Scottie sa success ng team namin. More than all the veterans here, I think Scottie talaga, in practice, he’s really working hard and in games, nakikita natin. He’s doing everything. We’re not going to be here kung hindi dahil rin kay Scottie.”
“I think he’s really going to be the future ng Ginebra,” Tenorio concluded.