BOCAUE — There’s no doubt in Terrence Romeo’s mind that Stanley Pringle can be among the best players in the world in the halfcourt game.
“Si Stanley, di mo kayang bantayan 'yan ng one-on-one,” Romeo said of his former teammate at GlobalPort. “Before pa lang, alam ko na yung kayang gawin ni Stanley kasi madali lang sa kanya yun eh.”
And what better time for Pringle to showcase his skills than in the biggest stage available: the 2018 Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
The Fil-Am guard put his on-ball wizardry on display in the Philippines’ games against Brazil and Mongolia on Saturday, drawing oohs and aahs from the home crowd at the Philippine Arena.
Romeo is the least surprised with how his former backcourt partner is doing in the 3x3 setting.
“Si Stanley, matalinong player. Nagtatanong siya kung ano yung ginagawa ng kalaban at paano sila umiiskor,” said Romeo, who is a mean 3x3 player in his own right.
Romeo, in fact, sees Pringle as someone who can stand toe-to-toe with the best 3x3 players in the world like Serbia’s Dusan Bulut.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, nakikita ko yung mga Serbians kung paano sila maglaro. Sobrang pisikal pero alam nila kung kailan hihinto. Clever sila maglaro.
"Kaya sabi ko, kailangang mag-adjust siya kasi nakita na ng kalaban na kaya mong mag-explode. Dapat tumira ka rin sa labas. Pag nahi-hit mo yung mga tira mo sa labas, kailangang mag-isip na sila kung paano ka babantayan.”
Since joining the Fiba 3x3 World Cup in 2016, the Filipinos haven’t made it past the group stages, but Romeo thinks this group can end that dry spel.
He in fact is hoping to see a face-off between defending champion Serbia and the hosts Philippines - and a marquee face-off between his idol Bulut and Pringle.
“Gusto kong makita yun. Kapag nagtapat ang Pilipinas at Serbia, kahit saang lugar, bibiyahe ako para panoorin yung laban na yun kasi idol ko si Dusan. Kahit dati pa, bilib na bilib ako kung paano siya maglaro.
"Tapos nandito rin si Stanley na isa sa mga nilu-look up ko sa PBA kaya maganda yung match-up,” Romeo added. “Sabi ko kay Stanley kapag nangyari yun, ‘Bro, crossoveran mo yan, ha.’”