Manila Doctors Hospital
July 13, 2014
Earl The Pearl
If the NCAA is the NBA, consider Perpetual Help’s Earl Scottie Thompson as the closest thing to the reincarnation of an Oscar Robertson or a LeBron James or a Magic Johnson or a Jason Kidd, all triple-double machines. Heck, he can be his namesake, Scottie Pippen just for the sake of argument.
Okay, forgive me. Maybe I was exaggerating a bit there and my analogies are a lit bit out of this world. But you see, Thompson has just made Sportsmaryosep a believer after coming up with a rare triple-double effort just recently. For those who were unlucky not to have witnessed it, the proud son of Digos, Davao del Sur unleashed eye-popping numbers of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 73-65 win over the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals in NCAA’s Season 90 senior basketball action at The Arena in San Juan City. To top it off, he had three steals. And in case you haven’t seen this boy, his closest thing to a triple-double was when he had 16 points, 11 boards and nine dimes in a victory over St. Benilde two seasons ago.And historically speaking, this is the league’s first of of such feat since dynamo Calvin Abueva, formerly of San Sebastian, accomplished such by weaving 21 points, 20 caroms and 10 assists also two years ago. And The Beast is The Beast.
Before he did the trick, Thompson has averaged 26.5 points, 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and a block in two games that earned him the ACCEL Quantum Plus-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J alcohol, Mighty Mom anti-bacteria. Now thanks to his recent brilliance, Thompson is now norming 20.67 points, 11 boards, seven assists and two steals. What’s so impressive with him is that he has turned the ball over that much and averages just less than two errors in three starts.
And Thompson does it again by bagging the weekly plum for the second straight week after unanimously besting San Beda’s Baser Amer, who had 18 points in a 90-81 win over Arellano U last Saturday that sent the Lions to the top.
Aric del Rosario, Perpetual Help’s multi-titled septuagenarian coach, gave us the secret why Thompson is playing like man-possessed. “Araw-araw nag wo-workout ‘yan maski may practice. Pag may practice naman nagba-baras at push up yan (He works out everyday even if there’s) practice. During practices, he does pull ups and push ups on the side).”
So that’s why.
We’ve seen Thompson’s potential as early as two years ago. He was slowed down by a slipped disk last year and was a shell of himself. And now that he’s back being Thompson, don’t blink. Because if you do, he may churn out another LeBron-like performance.
Can I say WOW now?
Spin.ph’s hardworking reporter Karlo Sacamos tells us that Thompson turned a leaf just the day before. So Happy birthday. What a fitting gift!
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(Photo courtesy of Jan Dizon of ncaa.org.ph)