After registering a new PBA career-high 17 rebounds in Barangay Ginebra’s 86-79 win over rival Star on Christmas Day, sophomore guard Scottie Thompson looks forward to celebrating the rest of the Holidays with his family and a familiar, mouth-watering delicacy he resisted for months in Manila.
As he prepares for his flight this Friday to his hometown in Padada, Davao del Sur. the former Perpetual stalwart said he’s excited to finally get a taste of their home made roasted pig (lechon).
“Namimiss ko na yung lechon, hindi na ako kumakain nung mga ganun, yung mga lutong bahay ba,” Thompson confided to FOX Sports.
Aside from lechon and home-cooked spaghetti, Thompson is thankful to be with his family in welcoming 2017.
“Iba talaga mag-celebrate ng New Year kasama ang family eh tsaka kumain nang sabay sabay,” he added.
Looking back, the fast-rising guard has all the reasons to celebrate and be grateful as well after finally breaking through in the Kings’ guard-heavy rotation, most especially in the Governors’ Cup where he helped the franchise put an end to its eight-year title drought.
So far, Thompson has been sustaining his excellent showing in the ongoing Philippine Cup, being one of only four players to average at least 10 rebounds per contest. The elite list also includes three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, Rain or Shine big man Raymund Almazan, and NLEX do-it-all forward Sean Anthony.
But amidst the festivities, Thompson vows to stay in shape and keep the celebration by eating in moderation during their family reunion.
“Makiki-celebrate, pero hindi pwedeng pabayaan yung shape,” said Thompson. “Ongoing yung season, mahirap mawala sa kundisyon,” he said with a smile.
As for his New Year’s wish, Thompson vows to keep working hard and hopefully, win more league titles with the PBA’s most popular ball club.
“Siguro as a player, more on work hard pa rin, sa PBA kasi hindi ka pwedeng magpabaya,” he concluded. – Jason Mercene
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