NOTWITHSTANDING the body aches following University of Perpetual Help’s overtime win over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, Scottie Thompson vows to show up in the scheduled PBA Draft Combine on Wednesday.
The national team player left the Altas’ 86-83 win over the Heavy Bombers late in the overtime period after complaining of back pains. It was later determined as cramps, although the possibility of back spasm is not being ruled out.
“Cramps, back spasms siguro. Sa pagod na siguro,” said Thompson, who finished with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 17 assists.
“Punta ako doon,” said the wounded warrior when asked if he will attend the Draft Combine at the Hoops gym in Mandaluyong despite the injuries.
“Hindi ko lang alam kung magiging okay na ako. Pero masakit pa eh. Buong katawan ko, pinupulikat.”
Thompson came into the game still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained against Emilio Aguinaldo College last week.
The reigning NCAA MVP said he didn’t had much practice prior to the game against the Heavy Bombers, contributing to his cramps.
“Maga pa rin. Wala kasi akong practice. Shooting lang at jogging,” said Thompson.
Despite the injuries, Thompson looks forward to the PBA Draft Camp.
“Pagod at excited. Kinakabahan,” said the Gilas Pilipinas cadet member who played in this year’s Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) championship and the SEA Games.