Af­ter 2nd ‘Most Im­proved’ tro­phy, Scot­tie still look­ing to be bet­ter

Sun Star Bacolod - - Sports -

SCOT­TIE Thomp­son has won his share of Most Im­proved Player awards in his ca­reer.

On Sun­day, Thomp­son was named the Most Im­proved Player dur­ing the PBA Leo Awards aside from his sec­ond Myth­i­cal Team se­lec­tion in three sea­sons with Barangay Gine­bra.

It was ac­tu­ally the sec­ond MIP award for the high-fly­ing Thomp­son, who won his first one dur­ing his time with Per­pet­ual Help in the NCAA in 2012.

“I think through hard­work sa prac­tices, ‘yung mga pinaghi­hi­ra­pan ko, nag-pay off,” said Thomp­son, who was taken at No. 5 over­all by Gine­bra in the 2015 PBA draft.

“’Yun na­man ang men­tal­ity ko. Bonus na lang ‘yung mga pagkakataon awards.”

On his way to win­ning the award, the 25-year-old guard av­er­aged 9.1 points, 9.0 re­bounds, 5.6 as­sists, and 1.4 steals for Gine­bra.

Af­ter win­ning the Most Im­proved Player award, Thomp­son said he still finds room for im­prove­ment in his fourth year with the Kings.

“For me, fo­cus ako sa con­fer­ence at sa year na ‘to. Step by step kung ano pa ang puwede kong maim­prove,” said the 25-yearold Thomp­son.

Thomp­son thanked the en­tire mem­bers of the Barangay Gine­bra team for mak­ing the two awards pos­si­ble while mak­ing spe­cial men­tion of head coach Tim Cone and vet­er­ans LA Teno­rio and Mark gani­tong na may Caguioa who he con­sid­ers his men­tors.

“Thank­ful ako kay God na bini­gyan ako ng pagkakataon na makuha ‘yung award. Credit din sa mga coaches at sa mga team­mates sa ti­wala na binibi­gay sa akin es­pe­cially ‘yung mga men­tors ko like Kuya LA, Kuya Mark na nandiyan lagi sa am­ing mga bago through ups and downs sa ca­reer namin,” said Thomp­son.

“Sa coach­ing staff, si coach Tim, si coach Olsen (Racela), coach Fred­die (Abuda), coach Kirk (Col­lier), coach Richard (Del Rosario), la­hat-la­hat sila pati mga ball boys namin, PTS, la­hat nagsakrip­isyo, at sa man­age­ment, boss Al (Chua), boss RSA (Ra­mon Ang), at sa fam­ily ko,” Thomp­son said./spin.ph

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.