BOCAUE — Alex Cabagnot joined the chorus of players giving their stamp of approval on Stanley Pringle after the Philippines wrapped up its campaign in the 2018 Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
“Of course, he can make a name for himself in 3x3,” the shifty San Miguel guard said.
Cabagnot braved the storm on Monday to go to the Philippine Arena where he watched the hosts end their with a heartbreaking loss to Canada and a closing 19-12 win over world No. 3 Russia.
From courtside, Cabagnot stood witness to Pringle’s sick handles and his savvy court vision. He was also the least surprised that his former teammate is thriving in the halfcourt game.
“We all know that Stanley is a great player. He’s a very gifted and a very talented basketball player,” he said.
Cabagnot’s praise, though, isn’t limited to Pringle, as he said the team, which also includes Beermen teammate Christian Standhardinger, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario, bring a perfect mix of shooting, smarts, and hustle.
“The guys played really well. I’m really happy for them and they’re representing the country really well,” he said.
If given a chance, Cabagnot said that he’d like to test his mettle in the 3x3 game, saying, “Syempre naman. I’m just a basketball fanatic and to be part of something like this, 3x3, would be great.”
But he expressed doubts for himself, thinking how much punishment his 35-year-old body can endure given the high-level of physicality in 3x3.
“The way I saw how physical they were, I don’t know,” he said chuckling. “It’s unconventional and there’s different tactics and different strategies. You could easily be good in 3x3 even though you didn’t make it in 5-on-5. It’s a lot different.”
As much as Cabagnot wants to try his hand on 3x3, he bats for this crew to stay together for the next tournaments.
“I definitely want to try if I get the opportunity to. Pero at the moment, I think this team is doing pretty well and I’m proud of them,” he said.