Thompson, Amer to renew college rivalry in another PBA Finals faceoff

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 12, 2017 02:44 pm
(From Left to right) Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts and Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Photos courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

(Inside Manila) During their playing years as student-athletes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Baser Amer’s San Beda Red Lions repeatedly frustrated Scottie Thompson and his Perpetual Help Altas team.


Thompson, though, had his payback in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series where his Barangay Ginebra San Miguel outlasted the Meralco Bolts of Amer, ending the Kings’ eight-year title drought.


For three straight NCAA seasons, Amer and the Red Lions dismissed Thompson and the Altas in the Final Four.


Amer finished his decorated collegiate career with four titles from 2011 to 2014 with one Finals MVP award (2012).


Thompson, meanwhile, never made it to the NCAA Finals but lorded it over in the individual accolades with a league MVP (2014), Most Improved award (2012) and three time inclusion in the Mythical team (2012, 2014 and 2015).


The 6-foot-1 do-it-all guard became a regular fixture in Ginebra's rotation since his rookie year, thanks mainly to his relentless rebounding and high basketball IQ, while Amer has been nothing but impressive in the current PBA season.


As the Kings and Bolts, once again, battle it out for Govs’ Cup supremacy, Amer and Thompson could add another chapter to their already stellar hoop rivalry.


"Siguro, dahil pula sila noon," Thompson said during the PBA Finals presser, referring to San Beda's red-and-white threads back in the day. "Ngayon, ako naman 'yun pula… so sana, ma-eliminate namin sila ulit."


However, Thompson recognized it will not be easy for the defending champions to retain their title—and Amer is one of the biggest reasons.


The former San Beda stalwart has improved by leaps and bounds in his sophomore year in the pro-league, making his stature a sure headache for Ginebra in the Finals.


Game 1 of their Best-of-Seven Finals series will start on Friday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

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