BOCAUE — Stanley Pringle was quick to take the blame for the Philippine men’s 3x3 team’s heartbreaking 20-19 defeat to Canada in the 2018 Fiba 3x3 World Cup Monday at Philippine Arena.
“It’s on me,” the GlobalPort star guard said as the home team made its way back to the locker room after letting a major upset slip away from its grasp.
Pringle was apologetic for the things he felt he could’ve done more as the Philippines crawled its way back from a 2-9 hole and even held an 18-16 lead after a pair of Roger Pogoy free throws with 1:14 remaining.
With the Philippines holding an 18-17 lead in the final minute, the cat-quick guard had a chance to seal the game shut for his side, but his drive was stifled by Jermaine Bucknor with 35.2 seconds left.
Michael Linklater then drilled a go-ahead two-pointer, but the game was quickly tied by Christian Standhardinger, 19-all, with 13 seconds remaining.
Unfortunately, Michael Linklater scored on a gutsy drive as Roger Pogoy could not hit the potential game-winner buzzer-beater.
Pringle finished with three points in the defeat, which left the hosts at 1-2 and out of contention for a playoff spot with a final game to play against Russia at 7 p.m.