ROOKIE Fil-Am Stanley Pringle came back from a long hiatus, sparking a second-quarter scoring rampage as GlobalPort dealt Blackwater a 100-76 beating to secure the early lead in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The six-foot Pringle, who sprained his right ankle last conference, made his presence felt in his first game this conference after pumping in 18 points off the bench.
The former Penn State standout shot 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals in an efficient 14-minute effort.
“Pine-pacing pa namin siya (Pringle) eh. Gigil na gigil na maglaro, kaya parang napakawalan eh. At least, na-feel niya uli 'yung game,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.
Jarencio said he’s also happy to see everybody step up big in a game that will serve as a good preparation for the Batang Pier's real test against defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots next Tuesday.
Terrence Romeo led the way with 20 points while Ronjay Buenafe added 16 for the Batang Pier, who opened the season-ending conference with a similarly lopsided 92-73 win over Meralco.
American import Patrick O’Bryant finished with his second double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in just 34 minutes of action before Jarencio emptied his bench in the last period.
Marcus Douthit led Blackwater with 24 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, but his efforts could not save the Elite from dropping to 0-2.
Reil Cervantes was the lone local player to score in double figures for the Elite with 11 points.