SCOTTIE Thompson shook off cramps on his way to one of his best career games on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Shrugging off cramps that hit at the game's most critical juncture, Thompson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 41 minutes of play in Barangay Ginebra’s 97-93 overtime win over Magnolia at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The cramps hit after Thompson converted on a floater. The former Perpetual Help star said it was the first he ever suffered from cramps and he didn’t even know how to alleviate the tightness he was feeling on his leg.
“Since college, first time ko nag-cramps. Hindi ko alam kung bakit,” Thompson said after the game. “Siguro kulang ako sa liquid, sa water.”
“Hindi ko alam gagawin dahil first time ko mag-cramps. Credit talaga sa PT namin, sa trainer namin. Sila ‘yung may alam kung paano maka-recover sa cramps. Nung overtime, nakapag-recover ako kahit papaano,” he added.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone hailed the effort of Thompson, who hit a crucial three-pointer and fed Japeth Aguilar for a dunk in overtime.
“He played close to 50 minutes I would assume and the only reason he came out was because he was cramping,” said Cone. “Otherwise, he would have played the whole time.”
“It was 50 minutes off the bench, too. Just goes to show that even though I want him to come off the bench, I can’t leave him there for long. He has to get on the floor. But he was having a big night.
"He was hitting shots. It seems that he had every rebound, he was defending Paul Lee, he and Sol Mercado are doing a good job on Paul Lee all night. And when he was not guarding Paul Lee, he was guarding one of the jackrabbits—either Jalalon or Barroca. That can really tire you out."