SCOTTIE Thompson wasn’t aware he became just the first local rookie in the last 23 years to register a triple double during the course of Game Three between Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer on Friday night.
The only thing on his mind was winning this game of wildly changing fortune and bringing the Kings closer to the Promised Land.
So it was a big sigh of relief for him the moment Japeth Aguilar buried a clutch side jumper at the buzzer for a thrilling 97-96 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series of the PBA Governors Cup.
“Parang binunutan ako ng tinik. Nakahinga ako, parang nawala yung pagod ko,” said the freshman guard after another yeoman’s job adorned with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in 35 minutes of play.
In doing so, the do-it-all point guard out of Perpetual Help became the first local freshman since Johnny Abarrientos posted a similar feat during his rookie season in 1993.
The former Perpetual star also became the first rookie since Fil-Am Davonn Harp of Red Bull in 2000 to achieve the feat - and just the second this season after Blackwater import MJ Rhett in the Commissioner's Cup.
While proud about equaling the achievement former league MVP Abarrientos did more than two decades ago, Thompson said he was more than pleased to have gotten this win in a hardly-fought game that featured 14 lead changes and 10 deadlocks.
“Wala akong ibang iniisip kundi mananalo kami, mananalo kami,” he said of what was going through his mind while inside the court in the dying seconds.
“Masaya talaga kasi gustong-gusto namin itong panalong ito.”
He later credited his triple-double showing to his veteran teammates, including boyhood idol Mark Caguioa, who he said have been the biggest influence in his young pro career.
“Thankful and blessed especially sa mga kuya ko, sa mga teammates ko,” he said, referring to backcourt partners LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado as well as veteran JayJay Helterbrand.
“Pinu-push nila ako kung ano ang dapat kong gawin.,Sobrang proud ako na sila sila yung naging mga mentors ko.”
The feeling is mutual, Scottie.