PBA Exit Provides Scottie & Oftana Vital Rest Ahead of Gilas Duty

Early PBA exit provides Scottie and Oftana vital rest ahead of Gilas's Duty

An early departure from the PBA playoffs may sometimes be disappointing, especially for players like Scottie Thompson and Calvin Oftana, who were given a rare opportunity to rest before their future obligations with Gilas Pilipinas.

The premature withdrawal of teams from the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, which featured great players like Jamie Malonzo and Chris Newsome, was only sometimes voluntary. Nonetheless, this unexpected hiatus proved to be a blessing in disguise, allowing these sportsmen to rest before taking on their national team obligations for the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 qualifiers.

Despite his team’s early loss at the hands of eventual winners San Miguel, Scottie Thompson stayed committed to maintaining his fitness over the summer. His position in the top 12-man national team squad emphasizes the need to remain disciplined and focused on the broader picture, especially given the regular opportunity to represent the country in the international arena.

Jamie Malonzo used the summer to recover from an injury sustained during the playoffs versus San Miguel. Despite initial fears of an ACL injury, Malonzo’s MRI results gave solace, allowing him to rest well before returning to his strict training routine. His resolve to return to top form displays his dedication to his trade and desire to contribute to Gilas Pilipinas’ success.

Following TNT’s early elimination from the quarterfinals, Calvin Oftana took advantage of the opportunity to emphasize rest, realizing the value of physical and mental rejuvenation. After enduring a strict schedule since the Asian Games, Oftana recognized the need to control his health and well-being to achieve top performance in the following challenges with Gilas Pilipinas.

Similarly, Chris Newsome used the summer to recover from a brutal campaign that saw Meralco compete in the EASL and eventually lose in the PBA quarterfinals. Learning to balance hard effort and intelligent recuperation, Newsome underlined the need to listen to his body and know the importance of being in peak health to accomplish his on-court responsibilities.

While an early departure from the PBA playoffs may be disappointing, it also allows players to recuperate, refocus, and prepare for the upcoming difficulties. For Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo, Calvin Oftana, Chris Newsome, and others, this hiatus provided an essential period of relaxation and rehabilitation, assuring that they are primed and ready to represent the Philippines with pride and excellence in their impending Gilas Pilipinas obligations.


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