RAISING the level of his game in the quarterfinals, Barangay Ginebra do-it-all guard Scottie Thompson made a big jump from No. 6 to No. 2 in the PBA Governors' Cup stats race.
Thompson churned out MVP numbers in their two-game conquest of twice-to-beat rival TNT Tropang Giga and thus broke into the Top Five in the Best Player of the Conference derby, joining No. 1 Robert Bolick (39.9), No. 3 Matthew Wright (33.6), No. 4 Arwind Santos (33.5) and No. 5 Mikey Williams (32.6).
The 2018 Most Improved Player awardee jacked up his stats average to 36.1 after near triple-double outings against the Tropang Giga.
The former Perpetual Help Altas stalwart collected 23 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in their 104-92 win in the initial game then piled up 17 markers, 10 boards and nine dish-offs in their 115-95 triumph in the second tiff.
And going with Thompson and his BPC bid is the fact that he's the lone contender seeing action in the semifinals.
NLEX's Kevin Alas dropped from No. 4 to No. 8 after the quarters.
Just outside the Top Five are June Mar Fajardo (32.1), Paul Lee (31.9), Alas (31.8), Mark Barroca (30.8) and Jamie Malonzo (29.8).
Through 13 games in the conference, Thompson normed 13.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals.
And he's still on a roll in their semis dispute with the Road Warriors.
But also a part of determining the BPC winner is the balloting among the players, members of the sports media that regularly cover the PBA games and the PBA Commissioner's Office.
Neck-and-neck in the stats race among the imports are San Miguel's Muhammad Shabazz (53.5), Meralco's Tony Bishop (52.2) and Ginebra's Justin Brownlee (51.6). (SB) (PBA)
(Photo credits to: PBA)