SCOTTIE Thompson admitted he still needs to find his groove with Perpetual Help after a slow start to his first game with the Altas in NCAA Season 91.
The 21-year-old Thompson said he is still in the process of getting to know his teammates after a busy offseason that saw him divide his time suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas cadet in the 28th Southeast Asian Games and Hapee in the PBA D-League.
Thompson went scoreless in the first half of Perpetual Help’s game against Lyceum on Tuesday.
As the reigning league MVP struggled, Prince Eze took the cudgels for the Altas, who led 29-24, at the half.
Still, Perpetual Help needed the heroics of Thompson in the endgame to pull off the 70-61 victory over the Pirates.
“Kasi after ng SEA Games, naglaro pa ako sa (PBA D-League) finals. Medyo kulang pa ako sa ensayo kaya nangangapa pa ako,” said Thompson.
“Hindi ko pa sila mabasa, hindi nila ako mabasa. Mahirap ‘yung galaw ko, nag-hehesitate ako,” he added.
Still considered the top dog of the Altas, head coach Aric Del Rosario stuck with Thompson, who delivered by scoring eight points in the fourth quarter, helping Perpetual Help finish the game behind a 20-6 run for the win.
“Sa dulo, sabi ni coach, mag-take charge ako. Nadala ko naman,” said the national team player.
Thompson vowed to make adjustments coming to the Altas’ next game on Friday against College of Saint Benilde.
“Next game, siguro makaka-adjust na ako,” said the Davao native.