GLOBALPORT may have lost to Barangay Ginebra, 93-81, in its PBA Governors’ Cup debut, but Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle’s early outside shooting spree still left a lasting impression on Gin Kings coach Tim Cone.
The explosive backcourt duo shot so well from long range, especially in the first half, that the league’s most successful coach went as far as comparing them to the Golden State duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
“Pringle and Romeo, they are special. These guys are our version of the splash brothers,” Cone said of the Batang Pier backcourt tandem, who combined to make six of their 10 triples at the half. “They were shooting threes right in our faces.”
“We really had to toughen up to them in the second half and did that,” he added as he turned to veteran playmaker Sol Mercado in limiting their production. “Sol played tremendous defense. I hope I could break Sol in two and put him on Pringle and Romeo because he's the only guy, athletically and physically, who stayed with them.”
Pringle, who made half of his eight attempts from beyond the arc to lead the team in scoring with 26 points, initially joked about the comparison, but eventually said there has been a conscious effort to improve his outside shot.
“I heard the slash brothers,” the Filipino-American shooting said with a smile before turning serious. “I've been trying to work on my three lately because I drive and a lot of people have been backing off me.”
Romeo cooled off a bit in the second half and wound up making just three of his 11 three-point tries, but was still flattered by Cone’s statement.
“Gusto ko magpasalamat kasi galing yun sa isa sa mga pinakamagaling na coach sa atin na marami na rin napatunayan,” said the flamboyant Gilas Pilipinas mainstay. “Sana magampanan namin yun kung iyon ang nakikita nya sa amin.”
“Hopefully, matuto kami sa mga mistakes namin at mag-move forward lang,” the 24-year-old cager added.