IF reigning Asean Basketball League (ABL) MVP Leo Avenido would have his way, he wants to face defending champion Indonesia Warriors on opening day with Fil-Am star Stanley Pringle in full fitness.
Avenido and the retooled San Miguel Beermen battle the Warriors in the ABL opener on January 11 in a rematch of last year’s thrilling Finals.
Unfortunately, Pringle is unlkely to be around as he is set to sit out the early part of the season after suffering an MCL injury.
Avenido first read an item about the matter on Spin.ph.
“Sana tricks lang nila yun (Pringle’s injury), kasi mas gusto namin kumpleto `yung Indonesia pag nakalaban sila,” said the high-scoring guard who also did not hide the pain of that championship loss against the Warriors last season.
“Hindi namin kinakagat ang style ng mga kalaban. Malay mo gusto lang nila kaming maging complacent”, said Avenido while disclosing that the Beermen have devised ways to neutralize the explosive Pringle and the rest of the Warriors.
The former FEU King Tamaraw crosses his fingers that Pringle and the rest of the Warriors will be healthy for the entire fourth season of the fledgling regional basketball meet.
“Mas gusto namin healthy ang Indonesia, pati na yung ibang contenders, kasi pag ganun mas magiging sweet ang mga panalo para sa amin,” he said.