ON a rare night when he went scoreless in one game, LA Tenorio was no longer surprised to see rookie backcourt partner fill the gap.
Tenorio struggled through an offensive off-night but saw Thompson come through with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in Ginebra's 115-108 win over defending champion San Miguel in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup semifinal series.
“Well every game naman, si Scottie alam na niya kung ano ang gagawin niya,” said Tenorio, who went 0-of-9 from the field. “Well, tonight, I reminded him lang this is a different ball game, this is the semifinals and first time niya sa semifinals ‘di ba? So, sabi ko lang laruin niya kung ano ang laro niya."
The pride of Digos City, Davao del Sur didn't disappoint.
“Good thing about him is nagre-respond siya and para sa akin he’s not a rookie anymore, alam na niya kung ano ang gagawin niya,” Tenorio continued.
Tenorio, 32, said the soft-spoken Thompson, who is nine years his junior, is already a leader in his own way.
“He’s a leader din in a sense na alam niya ang role niya, alam niya ang gagawin niya so he's being a leader knowing na kung ano ang role niya sa team,” said Tenorio. “He’s not very vocal, actually he’s more of a quiet type (of player), but he’s getting the job done kaya siya nagiging leader.”
The former University of Perpetual Help star said he’s merely applying what his ‘Kuya LA’ has taught him.
“Always naman eh, kahit maganda ang laro ni Kuya LA, lagi siyang nandyan sa likod ko talagang mino-motivate niya ako at sinasabihan niya ako kung ano ang dapat gawin,” shared Thompson. “Lahat naman ginagawa ko eh, ‘yun nga para mapabuti lahat.”