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    Scottie Thompson deflects credit to Ginebra coaches for fueling new career rebounding mark

    Feb 26, 2017
    Scottie Thompson outhustled behemoths like June Mar Fajardo to set a new career high with 18 rebounds. Jaime Campos

    THE last time San Miguel gave Ginebra a beating in the playoffs, Scottie Thompson bounced back with the performance of his life to tow Ginebra to the finals of the PBA Governor's Cup.

    Now fresh off a 109-82 rout in Game One of the Philippine Cup finals, Thompson definitely did not disappoint with another career-best mark.

    Thompson delivered yet another game to remember as he flirted with a triple-double, grabbing a career high 18 boards on top of 18 points, eight assists and three steals.

    That performance was more than enough for Ginebra to level the series at one apiece after a 124-118 victory in an overtime thriller in Lucena.

    The tireless 6'0 guard out of University of Perpetual Help stood the tallest in the paint even despite competing with dominant big men June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos and teammate Japeth Aguilar for rebounds.

    [See Ginebra outlasts SMB in Lucena OT thriller to even Finals series]

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    And in typical Thompson fashion, the proud son of Digos, Davao del Sur put the compliments aside and deflected it towards his coaching staff for preparing him well.

    "Credit lang talaga sa mga coaching staff, kay coach Tim, kasi tinitignan nila kung paano yung depensa ng San Miguel sa amin," Thompson said.

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    "Lahat naman talaga, di lang ako, binibigyan ng kumpyansa ng mga coaches in today's game. Nasa coach staff talaga. Ang gusto ko lang i-repay them," he added.

    Asked how he was able to grab all those loose balls, the formula was pretty much simple - just keep grinding.

    "Hindi lang ako humihinto. Talagang iniisip ko na sana mapagod sila sa kakahanap sila sakin sa rebound so talagang di ako humihinto," he said.

    "Sabi ni coach Tim kung sino may gusto makakakuha nito, gustong gusto ko lang talaga i-panalo at i-tie yung series," he continued.

    That's why it's not a surprise to hear coach Tim Cone throw praises anew at his dazzling combo guard after the match.

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    This time, Cone may just have ran out of words to describe him.

    "They were very, very concentrated on keeping him off the boards, guards were really boxing him out, but Scottie found a way today. He found a way to get around them and get those rebounds," Cone said.

    "Amazing, amazing guy. There's just nobody like him."

    [See Ferrer plays down high praise from coach after scorching shooting display]

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