Mr. Triple-Double: Scottie Thompson does a Johnny A.

Guts over stats.

Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson insisted all he was thinking was coming out victorious, and not personal numbers after registering his first triple-double as a pro on Friday.

Thompson made a complete impact in Ginebra’s pulsating victory over San Miguel in Game 3, tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to become the first freshman to break the feat since Johnny Abarrientos did it 23 years ago.

Moreover, the exciting combo guard led Ginebra in issuing a season-high 36 team assists.

Though drawing praise from head coach Tim Cone in the post-game presser, the soft-spoken guard downplayed the attention, saying it’s all part of hardwork.

“Wala talaga, sa isip ko lang, talagang sinisipagan ko lang,” said Thompson. “Importante yung 2nd chance points.”

True enough, the Perpetual alum typified his triple-double performance as he held his ground against San Miguel veteran guard Alex Cabagnot and even big man Jun Mar Fajardo in one play.

But as the game headed to another classic ending, Thompson admitted he had to convince himself that they could pull themselves out of trouble.

“Sinasabi ko, mananalo kami mananalo kami, nasa loob ng court nagsasalita ako mag-isa nagdadasal, ako ayun nakatulong naman,” he said.


His prayers and effort were just two of many reasons that paved the way for the Japeth Aguilar heroic at the buzzer.

“Nung napasok ni Japeth para kaming nabunutan ng tinik, nawala yung pagod,” said Thompson who tapped out the last offensive rebound to LA Tenorio that led to Aguilar’s winning basket.

Thompson, in as many occasions he wowed a jampacked crowd, credited his mentors anew for having his back.

“Thankful lang tsaka blessed sa mga kuya kasi pinu-push nila ako kung ano dapat gawin, sobrang proud ako na sila mentor ko,” Thompson said. – By Jason Mercene