YENG Guiao was again blown away again by how Stanley Pringle served as catalyst in Team Pilipinas’ 82-73 win over Jordan in their tune-up match on Wednesday night at the Meralco gym.
The national mentor credited the NorthPort playmaker for sparking the national team's comeback from as much as a 19-point deficit in the second quarter, 45-26.
“Stanley is incredible, he started the rally, and he sparked the whole thing,” said Guiao. “It’s just Stanley proving his worth.”
Actually, it was the San Miguel quartet of Christian Standhardinger, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and June Mar Fajardo, along with LA Tenorio who led the team back starting the second half after being down 49-36 at the break.
The five players put together a dazzling 22-8 third-quarter run highlighted by a Tenorio three-pointer and two free throws by Fajardo as the host team finally regained the lead at 58-57.
After Jordan tied the game, Lassiter hit a corner three to put Team Pilipinas ahead for good, 61-58.
Pringle took over from there after he was fielded back to replace Tenorio.
The Fil-Am playmaker capped a hot third period for the host by scoring off three Jordan defenders to make it a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Guiao lauded the effort made by the Filipinos of not giving up even when the chips were down early in the second of the two-game tune-up matches.
“After our huddle at halftime, the guys responded. So in one quarter we were able to catch up, and in the fourth quarter we were already in the lead by double digits. So that’s the tribute to the determination of the guys,” said the national coach.
Guiao didn’t fail to mention Pringle, who he said should have really been playing as a local.
“Sayang, Filipino yan e, kaya lang we have to play him as a naturalized player, kaya nga nanghihinayang ako,” he added.