Scottie Thompson takes home Finals MVP

MANILA, Philippines – Scottie Thompson played beyond his size as he nabbed the Finals Most Valuable Player award after Barangay Ginebra dethroned San Miguel for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup title.

The 6-foot-1 guard played the perfect backup for Justin Brownlee in the Gin Kings' championship-clinching 93-77 Game 6 win by delivering a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and a blocks.

He followed up his stellar 20-point, 11-rebound and 3-rebound performance in their 87-83 Game 5 triumph that moved Ginebra at the cusp of winning their 3rd title in the last 6 conferences. 

Thompson averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists in the best-of-7 duel. 

"Hindi ko alam kung deserve ko ito, basta deserve namin mag-champion," Thompson told the mammoth crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

(I don't know if I deserve this, but we deserve to be champions.)

The Finals MVP plum was a first for the 3rd-year cog. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.