Ampid, San Mateo
July 8, 2014
Machine Gun Thompson
The UAAP and NCAA Press Corps, composed of the country’s print and online sportswriters, has been recognizing player and coach achievements in both collegiate leagues for almost a decade now. They also have this weekly Player of the Week award every year. This Season 90 of the NCAA and Season 77 of the UAAP wouldn’t be different. And starting this week, Sportsmaryosep will be one with the group and will post each and every winner of the weekly honor. ACCEL Quantum Plus and 316, by the way, are their sponsors.
The first player to emerge as the group’s awardee is no other than Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual Help.
And here it is:
Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual Help was a shell of himself when he returned during the middle of the season from a slipped disk he suffered in the summer of last year.
Now in the pink of health, Thompson is back with a vengeance.
Thompson came through with a pair of monster games to help the Altas grab a share of the lead with the San Beda Lions, the four-peat champions, with a two victories apiece in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
In wins over Mapua and San Sebastian, the Digos, Davao del Sur native averaged 26.5 points on an efficient 21-of-32 shooting including a five-of-11 clip from beyond the arc he topped by norming 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, a block and just a turnover a game.
It was a scintillating effort that did not only earn him the ACCEL Quantum Plus-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week plum but also the admiration of his coach.
“That kid is a hardworker on and off the court. I’m happy that he is doing well,” said Perpetual Help mentor Aric del Rosario of the 21-year-old Thompson in Filipino.
For Thompson, he was just making up for lost time.
“I came from injury last year when I returned so I couldn’t contribute that much. Now that I’m in full strength, I’m trying to help the team as much as I can,” said Thompson.
Thompson beat to the punch teammates Harold Arboleda and Juneric Baloria and San Beda’s Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer for the weekly honor backed by ACCEL Quantum Plus and 316.
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(Story and photos courtesy of the NCAA Press Corps and ncaa.org.ph)