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    Hurting Marc Pingris concedes towering Ginebra frontline tough to overcome

    Dec 25, 2017

    BOCAUE – NOT even the presence of Marc Pingris could slow down Barangay Ginebra’s big men on Monday as the Gin Kings came away with a wire-to-wire 89-78 win over Magnolia in their anticipated PBA Philippine Cup matchup.

    Questionable after a kidney procedure in the preseason, the Hotshots star forward suited up and gave the Hotshots all he could offer, finishing with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, five boards, two assists, and one block, against two turnovers in over 25 minutes off the bench.

    “Nabigla din ako na nakalaro ako,” Pingris insisted. “Pero laking pasasalamat ko kay coach na nakapaglaro ako dahil kahit papaano nandun pa rin yung tiwala niya sa akin at kahit wala ako sa kundisyon. Talagang pinilit ko lang.”

    “Pero yun nga, talo na naman,” he added. “Mahaba pa naman (yung season) kaya kailangan magpa-kundisyon. May two days off kami kaya yung araw na yun, tatakbo ako.”

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      But gauging his health at 60 percent, the former Defensive Player of the Year failed to prevent the Gin Kings’ big men from frolicking in the paint as Greg Slaughter scattered 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, Japeth Aguilar added 12 points (6-of-11), and even sub Jervy Cruz contributed 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

      “Sa totoo lang, mahirap kalaban yung San Miguel at Ginebra dahil sa mga player nila na malalaki,” the 6-foot-4 Pingris admitted. “Sa kanila talaga yung loob e. Pansin ko every game namin sa kanila, sinusugal ni coach Tim na tumira kami sa labas at hindi sa loob. ‘Di bale ng matalo kami sa labas, huwag lang sa loob.”

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      “Eh ngayon pa, papano mo sila matatalo sa loob e may malalaki sila? Anlalaki,” he added. “Kami lang naman siguro maiisip ni coach na kailangan namin bilisan yung laro. Yun lang naman nakikita ko.”

      That left Pingris sticking to the positives from their first game of the season.

      “Every talo namin madami kaming natututunan kaya positive pa rin kami na kaya naming pumasok sa semis,” Pingris said. “Kailangan namin pagtrabahuan ang mga mistakes namin sa laro na nakikita ni coach. Hindi ko na sasabihin yun kasi baka ma-scout kami pero marami kaming maiimprove pa.”

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