PBA Finals MVP Thompson embodies never say die spirit, says Cone

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — For a long time, "never say die" was synonymous to the name Mark Caguioa.

Rightfully so, as the veteran cager gave all he got just to bring a great show to the hordes of Ginebra fans.

But as the new wave of talents rises, it's inevitable to have a new face to represent what a team stands for.

According to Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, Scottie Thompson has taken over Caguioa's spot.

Thompson was named Most Valuable Player of the recently-concluded Commissioner's Cup finals where Ginebra captured its 11th franchise title.

READ: Ginebra captures first Commissioner's Cup title in 21 years

"I know Mark Caguioa has repesented us for so many years, but I think now it's Scottie. He has taken that never say die. Watching him play describes the never say die attitude. He's really special in that way," Cone told CNN Philippines Wednesday.

With the way the Davao del Sur native helped Ginebra all series long with his indelible mark on both ends of the floor, Cone had nothing but praises for his ward.

"He just does everything. He has an uncommon energy, the will to win," he said.

For his part, the 6-foot-1 Thompson admitted he was overwhelmed with the highest individual honor of the finals.

He added that this will only be the beginning of more hard work and dedication from him as Ginebra will have to prepare to defend its Governors' Cup crown.

"I never thought that I will be named the Finals MVP. All I really wanted was to win the championship for my team.

"I will never stop working," Thompson said.