Brgy. Ginebra newest recruit Stanley Pringle was nowhere near the form that made him last season’s scoring champion after the 32-year old Fil-Am managed only 2 points on a miserable 1 out of 9 field goal shooting to go along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a team-high 6 turnovers in the Gin Kings’ 88-71 loss in Game 2 of their best-of-five series with the top-seeded TNT KaTropa in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup semifinal round, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The unexpected defeat dropped the defending champions into a 0-2 hole and are now facing elimination unless they can pull off 3 successive wins to earn a return trip to the Finals of the mid-season conference.
Pringle saw action for 44 minutes and was held scoreless in the final 3 quarters of the match which proved to the key factor in the Gin Kings’ second straight loss in the playoffs.
“We got to get our offense going, our rhythm going. We couldn’t hit shots today. Really, I got to learn to pace myself and get some more rest,” said the former NorthPort Batang Pier star.
Despite shooting better from the field, 42.5% compared to TNT’s 41%, Brgy. Ginebra missed most of their shots when it mattered the most.
The 1st overall pick of the 2014 PBA Rookie Draft, however, remains unfazed and is still hopeful for a series turnaround staring Game 3 which is scheduled on Tuesday, July 30 at the MOA Arena.
“We need to focus on our offense. We’re going to have to take it game by game. Hopefully next game,” said the 5-time PBA All-Star.