MANILA, Philippines – Earl Scottie Thompson of Perpetual Help was a shell of himself when he returned during the middle of Season 89 after suffering a slipped disk during the summer. Now in the pink of his 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 Red Lions, with both teams having two victories apiece in the NCAA Season 90 men’s basketball tournament.
In wins over Mapua and San Sebastian, Thompson averaged 26.5 points on an efficient 21-of-32 shooting, including a five-of-11 clip from beyond the arc.
He added 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and a block per game, while norming just one turnover per contest.
It was a scintillating effort that not only earned him the ACCEL Quantum Plus-316 NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week, but also the admiration of his coach.
“The kid is a hard worker, on and off the court. I’m happy that he is doing help,” Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario said of the 21-year-old Thompson.
For Thompson, he is simply 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 teammates Harold Arboleda and Juneric Baloria, as well as San Beda’s Ola Adeogun and Baser Amer for the weekly honor.