MANILA, Philippines — Revenge has been the underlining theme in the upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
And between last year’s champion Barangay Ginebra and runner-up Meralco, there’s a Gin King still looking to settle a score.
Scottie Thomspon, Ginebra’s versatile guard, was denied multiple times by counterpart Baser Amer in their collegiate days. The former, who was then playing for University of Perpetual Help, never got the chance to put the perennial contenders San Beda out of contention.
Even during his MVP-winning season in 2014, Thompson fell short in bringing the NCAA trophy to Las Piñas.
“Siguro dahil pula sila noon,” Thompson noted of Amer’s streak as an amateur champion with the Red lions. “Ngayon, ako naman ‘yung naka-pula. So sana ma-eliminate namin uli sila.”
But despite all that, the Davao native stressed that Amer has grown so much in just a span of two years in the PBA.
“Sobrang ganda ng nilalaro ni Baser,” he noted. “Kaya sila naging successful ngayon dahil sa nilalaro niya at malaking addition din yung pagdagdag ni kuya Ranidel at Mike Tolomia ngayon. Mas madami silang bala this year kumpara last year.”
The Finals series, which begins in Lucena City this Friday, will be Thompson’s third in two years. And he couldn’t be more grateful to have such an early break in his young career.
“This early in my career ganito na,” he said. “Sobrang blessed. Grabe, naka-tatlong Finals na pala ako. Thankful ako at happy — happy ako na na-draft ako sa Ginebra at thankful ako sa tiwala sa akin ni coach (Tim Cone).”