Jan 19, 2023

Latest championship most fulfilling for Scottie

SCOTTIE Thompson just won his seventh PBA championship with Barangay Ginebra and this latest one is what he cherished the most.

The league MVP ranks up there the Kings' recent Commissioner's Cup triumph as the country's most popular ballclub topplde mighty guest team Bay Area Dragons in a best-of-seven finals that went the full route.

"Para sa akin, ito yung pinakamasarap kasi hindi lang Ginebra (ang dinala namin), but the league, and the whole Philippines," said Thompson, 29.

Ginebra whipped Bay Area Dragons, 114-99, in the deciding Game 7 of their title series watched live by a record crowd of 54,589 at the Philippine Arena.

Thompson finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, six steals, and four assists, and didn't commit any turnover in 40 minutes of play, while taking on the daunting task of defending prolific Bay Area import Myles Powell.

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Playing in such a finals atmosphere definitely makes the championship a memorable one for the Ginebra guard.

"Ito yung first," when asked where will he ranked the win over the Dragons among his seven championships. "Kasi hindi natin alam kailan ulit mangyayari ito na yung guest team ang makakalaban mo sa finals."

But Thompson also took his hat off to the Dragons for giving the Kings a good run for their money.

"Sobrang honored against a very tough team with a national team head coach (Brian Goorjian) na sobrang daming achievements sa international (basketball). Then may NBA players na legit (Andrew) Nicholson, and si Powell," Thompson said of the Dragons and coach Brian Goorjian. (RG)