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Scottie Thompson had for inspiration a fellow contender in winning the Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award of the PBA.

The Barangay Ginebra guard didn’t fail to acknowledge Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood who he said ‘has been playing the game the right way.

“Just following the footsteps ni kuya Gabe (Norwood) for playing the game the right way,” said the 27-year-old Thompson Sunday during the PBA Awards Night.

“Sobrang happy and truly blessed all the time that were playing the game the right way.”

In winning the award named after the soft spoken, legendary San Miguel Beerman who was the first ever recipient of the honor in 1993, Thompson broke the three-year stranglehold of Norwood, who won the title thrice in succession from 2017 to 2019.

Likewise, Thompson became the first Barangay Ginebra player to be recipient of the award.

But the former University of Perpetual Help standout said any of the contenders is deserving to win, from Norwood to NLEX’s Kevin Alas, CJ Perez of Terrafirma, and even Calvin Abueva of Phoenix.

“Lahat naman kaming naging nominee sobrang deserving,” he said.

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