Thompson has been a relentless rebounder since his collegiate days, when he regularly racked up triple-doubles for Perpetual Help. His athleticism and motor help, and Thompson regularly credits his teammates for boxing out opposing team's big men, but no one can deny that the guard has a nose for the ball.
He carried that uncanny rebounding ability to the PBA, where he became an immediate favorite of the "Barangay."
In the PBA Philippine Cup, Thompson averaged 10.4 rebounds per game (RPG), good for fourth in the league. His numbers dipped in the semifinals, as he normed only 8 RPG, but it was still good for sixth among all players....
MANILA, Philippines — When Ginebra coach Tim Cone was asked what their advantage will be over finals opponent San Miguel Beer — outside of their passionate fan base — the 19-time PBA champion had to take a pause.
Cone could have said a multitude of things — his wealth of experience against San Miguel coach Leo Austria's, the continued excellence of veteran point guard LA Tenorio, the threat that Sol Mercado poses on both ends of the floor, the explosiveness of Japeth Aguilar, the non-stop motor of Scottie Thompson.
He could have pointed to the pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, whose presence continue to inspire not just the fans but also the Gin Kings themselves....
Fans of Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa believed that the final chapters to their career arc have started to unfold after the Gin Kings’ duo added another PBA title to their collection.
But that may all change, as they are once again within striking distance of one more crown....
And Ginebra’s LA Tenorio — despite his diminutive frame — is one among the few who had been through a lot of battles and remained unscathed.
The Gin Kings’ primary orchestrator is a surprising Iron Man among the team’s rugged players. Since getting drafted out of Ateneo de Manila University in 2006, Tenorio has played in almost 500 games....
MANILA, Philippines – Chito Victolero's first conference as head coach of the Star Hotshots opened on the wrong foot, with back-to-back losses to San Miguel and GlobalPort. But it ended with the young mentor earning praises from one of the PBA's greatest coaches.
"Coach Chito made the right adjustments," said Tim Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history, after Game 7 of their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series last Tuesday night. "He really gave us a lot of problems."
Victolero, tapped to replace Jason Webb – the man who replaced Cone as coach of the Purefoods franchise – righted the ship midway through the conference, giving the Hotshots free reign on offense while compelling them to play defense at a superb level....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|