MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra coach Tim Cone was on the sting of his seat watching TNT’s Scottie Thompson and Calvin Oftana within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Christmas Day match on the Araneta Coliseum on Monday.
Whereas Thompson and the Gin Kings emerged victorious with an 86-78 victory over the Tropang Giga, Cone praised the infighting among the many Gilas Pilipinas gamers.
“My opinion is that should you put Scottie and Calvin within the park and have them play one-on-one, they will each go to one another to win, though they’re finest mates. It is a sense of competitors that persists. It is at an even bigger stage right here as a result of you’ve gotten teammates, however after they’re within the park, they would not give one another any benefit. They’d discuss nonsense, hit and punch. You may assure that,” Cone mentioned.
“Individuals say, ‘oh, they’re mates and teammates on the nationwide group, so perhaps they will give one another a break.’ No. Will not occur. Not these guys at this stage. They do not get this proper by being good guys, they assault one another.”
Thompson and Oftana shined once more for his or her respective groups.
Thompson solely had 12 factors, however he made a pair of essential triples within the fourth quarter that saved TNT at bay. He additionally collected seven rebounds and 7 assists.
Oftana, in the meantime, scored a game-high 27 factors on high of 5 rebounds and three steals for the Tropang Giga.
“On the finish, I simply wished Calvin and I to be nearer to the sport,” Thompson mentioned jokingly.
“We knew one another higher in Gilas and we each wished to win for our group. We simply did our greatest for our father or mother groups and we’re nonetheless mates after that. In his final shot he even hit my head along with his elbow,” he added.
Cone, in the meantime, revealed Thompson took on the problem of defending Oftana within the fourth quarter after the previous San Beda star got here on.
“He (Thompson) truly requested about him. They’re Gilas’s finest mates, they have been roommates and they’re very shut. He (Oftana) acquired unfastened and through a timeout with seven minutes to go, Scottie mentioned, ‘Let me have Calvin.’
“It was clearly a fantastic teaching transfer by Scottie to do this and he rose to the problem and Calvin was our goal the entire time. He has a fantastic All-Star, MVP-type convention proper now and he was actually our goal.