With a known disadvantage brought by the presence of two twin towers. The playmaker providing an extra boost for the team is a must. Here are 5 players that will surely go head-to-head this season.
1 – Greg Slaughter
2 – Terrence Romeo
3 – Scottie Thompson
4 – Paul Lee
5 – Cliff Hodge
The Sol Train
Because of these things, the series is tied at 2-2 instead of Ginebra holding a 3-1 leading heading into Game 5
4 Points Combined from Tenorio, Thompson and Mercado
14 Missed from Deep
17 Offensive Rebounds for the Bolts
Because they were lucky that Meralco was shooting bricks in Game 2
1 Assist for LA Tenorio
3 Points for Greg Slaughter
10 Missed Free Throws for Ginebra
Check out last game highlights: Meralco vs. Ginebra | PBA Governor’s Cup 2017
Just how good the Gin Kings were last night?
8 Offensive Rebounds
9 Points in the Second Quarter for SMB
22 Points Bench Productions
TNT Makes Life More Miserable for Gin Kings with Complications
TNT – 121
Rice Jr. 36, Castro 28, Rosario 15, Pogoy 15, Semerad 4, Chua 4, Golla 3, Carey 2, Tautuaa 2, Siegle 2, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Reyes 0, Lingganay 0, Tamsi 0
Ginebra – 92
Brownlee 28, J. Aguilar 19, Thompson 9, Devance 7, Tenorio 6, Mercado 6, R. Aguilar 4, Caguioa 4, Slaughter 4, Ferrer 3, Cruz 2, Helterbrand 0, Jamito 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0
30-31, 57-49, 88-69, 121-92
Is the beast on the move?!
That’s the kind of game Abueva has been playing ever since he came to the PBA since he was drafted by the Alaska Aces back in 2012. Even back in his college days with the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA where he also won an MVP award, the Beast was already dominant on both ends of the court.
This is despite the mere fact that both Alaska and Abueva himself, have agreed to a 15.1 million Peso, 3-year deal back in 2015- a deal that will be ending this season. Should Abueva wants to remain with the Aces, it should be easy especially considering the fact that he was considered to be a part of the Aces’ core back in 2015. Was.
If Abueva will be playing for another team come the next season, the Aces will lose a big part of themselves and the Aces themselves know that. But, Abueva wasn’t even in uniform during the Aces’ latest defeat and he has been missing tons of games this season due to personal reasons and his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas.
Should the Beast make a move, which team would be the best destination?
The answer to that question is simple: Ginebra. As mentioned by Abueva himself in the past and earlier this season, he wanted to play for the fan-favorite Gin Kings. In fact, photos of Calvin Abueva in a Ginebra uniform have been circulating in the social media as of late and apparently, fans are clamoring for it to happen- fans of the Gin Kings and the Beast to say the least.
Here’s the question, folks, let’s say Abueva does go on to sign with the Gin Kings, will he fit in the already crowded and talented line-up of Coach Tim Cone? The answer would be a BIG YES. Why? Ginebra is known as the team who lives and dies by their “Never Say Die” mantra and when it comes to never quitting no matter the odds are, we all know that the Beast can live up to that reputation and will stand up against opposing players no matter how big they are- something that we all saw during his stint with Gilas that played in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon earlier this year.
If ever Ginebra gets to sign the Beast, that alone, could change the balance in the PBA because imagine a team that has a healthy Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson who is making a name for himself too, an always reliable LA Tenorio and, the Beast, that’s a scary team. It’s like giving a monster another claw for himself.
Scottie reminds me of Lonzo Ball – Tim Cone
Scottie is a guy that is looking to pass, he is infectious, once he starts passing other stars as well. – Tim cone
Lonzo Ball reminds me of Scottie Thompson, willing to pass and fun to watch. Both are big in their position.
The young Ginebra player has been playing great basketball and his success have captured many basketball fans. Now on his second year, Scottie has invested some of his hard earned money to a business and prove that it’s never early to prepare for life after basketball.
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Getting used to seeing the skyscrapers to dominate the boards, this one’s rare. A 6 foot to 6 foot 1 guard has been welcomed in the top players in the rebounding department.
Earl Scottie Thompson a Barangay Ginebra San Miguel sophomore just got into the list of the players with most number of rebounds per game averaging 10 boards in each outing.
People are surprised event non-ginebra fanatics with the way this young guard manages to get the ball off the hands of taller players inside the paint. The “nose-for-the-ball” like what Tim Cone has mentioned in most of his post-game interviews is the gift that this University of Perpetual Help cager has that he compared to his former guard Johnny Abarrientos.
With the absence of their big man Greg Slaughter, filling up those stats in the record book for Ginebra is a big help for the Gin Kings especially for Japeth Aguilar who is now considered to be the focal point of Ginebra’s offense. With the ability of Scottie Thompson combined with Aguilar’s defensive style is another break through for Cone as he tries to get another Championship with this team.
Japeth Aguilar who scored a career-high of 32 points in their manila clasico outing last Christmas day has been a result of him not worrying and not hesitating to take those jumpers as he knows he got some folks that can grab the second chance boards for his team like Joe Devance, Aljon Mariano and their other front liners.
Scottie Thompson is now in the top ten players in terms of rebounds per game along side the other teams’ Frontliners such as Junmar Fajardo.
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Rookie guard Scottie Thompson gained a lot of praises starting from the PBA analysts, players, coaches up to the PBA fans already and it’s not a surprise how everyone admires how this guy gets a lot of attention these days especially in the current PBA finals and Ginebra campaign.
How does this guy play a big part in the Ginebra success? First thing that everyone noticed is, looking at the previous Ginebra play maker roster, it is the first time that Ginebra got a point guard that has the ability or skills to crash the boards.
Like what Coach Tim Cone said in one of his post game interviews, the most winningest coach compared Thompson to Johnny Abarrientos. He said that this guy has the “Nose for the ball”. Thompson has the ability to know where the ball will go, he knows where to position himself inside the paint to get the rebounds and he knows where his team mates are even without having direct vision on where his team mates are specifically positioned.
The former NCAA MVP played a vital part in the Ginebra’s rotation in terms of assists and that’s one of the factors why Ginebra has been executing the complex triangle offense perfectly. Listed as 5’11”, he’s one of the guards that every team has been looking after every game as he knows how to score, dish passes and even out rebound even the tallest player in the game.
Known as the triple double machine back in the NCAA days, this guy has proved himself to be one of the all around players in the league and definitely one of the reasons why Ginebra is in the finals this conference and like what Cone said, this guy is so incredibly unselfish that they needed to force him to shoot and score in a game which perfectly worked in their game against the San Miguel Beermen in game 5 of the semi finals series that they eventually won with an explosive performance of this Perpetual Help standout.
Game 1 slip in the hands of Ginebra via OT loss to Meralco. Here are the 3 important things for them to tie the series.
1. Defense: Defense is one of the best weapon of Ginebra coming into game 1. Ranked number 1 in that category in the playoffs. That defense was not there in game 1, allowing Meralco to score 114 points. If they want to manage to tie the series, they need to tighten up their D.
2. Justin Brownlee: Argueably one of the best import in the conference. But it was not evident in game 1 as he was outplayed by Allen Durham. Brownlee managed to score 17 points only, a far cry of his average. He needs to be aggressive attacking and defending Allen Durham.
3. Scottie Thompson: The priced rookie from Digos, Davao del Norte and the hero of their Game 5 win against SMB. This kid should stay aggressive offensively and defensively if they want to win Game 2.
Since Scottie Thompson entered the professional league, we rarely see him score or just concentrate in contributing on the points production for Barangay Ginebra but their game 5 performance against SMB which they won with a huge lead was the first time that this rookie point guard scored more than 20 points who usually just dominates the boards and assists.
“We were mostly concern about Scottie, he was so incredibly unselfish that really you have to force him to shoot.” Tim Cone stressed in the post game interview after their win against SMB. “First play of the game we decided to play for him to come out and take that first shot bahala na I don’t care, you shoot it if you miss you just shoot it and when I said that the whole room kinda laughed” This move of Cone to start the game simply made a huge difference in their match with SMB.
“The point is we wanted him to come out and be aggressive he went out and took that shot and then he missed it so we were like uh-oh but then he just got on fire and I think he took five of our first six shots that kinda said to myself Yes! the message was sent to Scottie I think we have a shot in this game I feel like that we have a shot.” After hitting 5 of their first field goals in the first quarter, Ginebra made a huge run afterwards though SMB succeeded in trying to catch up, Ginebra still continued and played their best to get the win.
“Sol hits first 3 threes. It became contagious its nice it was such a redemptive win we got redemption on this game.” the most successful coach in the league said.
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We had a chance to have a short interview with Scottie Thompson after their disappointing loss against the San Miguel Beermen. Scottie Thompson who usually deliver goods for the crowd favorite had a hard time finding a crack in the SMB defense as he tried to help and get the win for the Ginebra fans. 22,000 gate attendance was recorded on this game 4 which Ginebra lost against SMB with a huge 29 points deficit.
“Nagkulang kami sa energy, at siguro sa chemistry.” Thompson said when we asked him what probably cause their huge loss. “Confidence din and chemistry talaga nawalan kami ng chemistry tapos inabot pa ng malas.”
We also asked for his message to the Ginebra fans for the upcoming game 5 decider match between their sister team. “Sa mga Ginebra Fans, sana patuloy nyo kaming suportahan manalo o matalo.”
Sounded sorry about the loss I front of a huge supporters in the araneta coliseum.
“Pero wag kayo mag alala kahit anong mangyari lalaban at lalaban kami.” Scottie promised the Ginebra Community that they will go all out just to have this game 5 win for the fans who unconditionally supports the whole team throughout the years.
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Scottie Thompson also known as the “Triple Double Machine” way back in college made a mark on the PBA history by listing double digits in three stats categories. This is the first time that a rookie made this kind of production. Johnny Abarrientos is the first guard to have this kind of productivity under the same coach Tim Cone in 1993.
“Its really rare for Scottie to score that much cause he usually just passes and rebounds its really surprising for me.” Cone said in the post game interview appreciating the effort of his rookie in being the reason why they had this game won.
“Our assists stats looks good for us and you gotta give credit to Scottie, he has really brought us that sense of moving the ball for us,LA also and Justin and Sol and Joe they’ve been passing the ball really well and it became contagious and its a great disease for us, passing disease.” The most successful coach in the league is proud to say that the team has been running a perfect kind of offense where they try to find the best open man for a shot but is not confident that they will be in the finals yet as he needs to focus on their upcoming game this Sunday which might lead them to think about the finals. Scottie Thompson Scored 12 points and listed 10 rebounds with 10 assists. The Barangay Ginebra Coach said that this triple double performance of Scottie Thompson will definitely not be the last.
Everyone’s excited about the upcoming PBA All Star Weekend, the most thrilling thing about it is it will be held in Manila on August at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. PBA stars like, James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Junmar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter will be playing in front of the manila crowd in this annual event.
What’s unusual? A rookie from the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squad was voted to be part of this all star exhibition game between the North and the South All stars along side the biggest names in the PBA. Scottie thompson is that guy and with the performance he has been showcasing for the gin kings’ games, the ginebra fans are convinced that this guydeserves a spot in this years All Star Game. The player himself could not believe he’ll be part of it as he knew he’s just a new guy in the league and he has less expecations of it.
But never the less, this event will surely start to ignite those fan base and will help out the PBA to have more followers who will consistently support the professional league. This said event is scheduled to commence on August 5 and 7.
1. MORE PLAYING TIME for the YOUNG GUNS
a. Scottie Thompson – The very promising rookie out of the Perpetual Help Atlas had make an impression last conference. He is an all around player and is a very energetic player. He could be the new spark off the bench for Ginebra. Scottie will fill the statsheet every game if given a chance. Based on P.E.R., Thompson is a very efficient player.
b. Nico Salva – Salva had a great collegiate career from Ateneo and we know what he can do inside the court if given a chance. CTC can develop this guy into something special. He can provide some shooting and scoring for the team. He could be the today’s Sunday Salvacion or Mark Macapagal for Ginebra.
2. ACQUIRE a DEADLY SHOOTER and WING DEFENDER
This is what I think the missing piece in Barangay Ginebra’s title quest. Chris Ellis hasn’t shown improvement on his offensive game. And I think its time for them to part with him. They can trade him for the likes of Rey Guevarra, Anthony Semerad or Ronald Pascual plus future picks.
3. CONSISTENCY for JAPETH AGUILAR
Greg Slaughter is the only consistent contributor in Barangay Ginebra bigs and Japeth Aguilar should be the other one. If he will only be consistent together with Slaughter, they will be a force to reckon with every night. Japeth needs to do something with his game or else he would end up playing for another team.
4. SOL MERCADO should be the “SIXTH MAN”
Sol Mercado is a combo guard so he can be the reliever of either L.A. Tenorio or Mark Caguioa. I see him as a great team leader that could guide this team to the championship. You can see the “Never Say Die” spirit on him. If he can average atleast 13 points and 5 assists a game off the bench, Ginebra will be back to the Finals.
5. JOE DEVANCE and JERVY CRUZ should be the “TWIN TOWER’S RELIEVER”
Joe Devance and Jervy Cruz need to provide some scoring off the bench. They should be the reliever of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter. If this two will be consistent and will contribute every game together with Slaughter and Aguilar, Ginebra would be unstoppable.
The Araneta Coliseum got its roar peaked as the Manila Clasico kicked in the PBA’s 41st season. The barangay ginebra trailed more than 20 points with the highest deficit of 31 points in their 1st meeting against the Star Hotshots.
The ginebra squad struggled to convert their attempts into gold in their debut but as the rookie mr. Triple Double Earl Scottie Thompson, make his presence felt by providing unselfish plays and high percentage shots, the ginebra crowd became outstanding as they celebrate the effort and fighting spirit of this rookie who served as the new spark in the late run of the team. The Mighty Scottie ignites the scoring drought of ginebra in the late part of the game by dishing multiple assists and plays. Though the ginebra had their first loss in the PBA’s new season, the fans have never felt so good to see their team play after a long time off the season and having a new hope thru the team’s newly acquired gold Earl Scottie Thompson.