PLAYING though the pain in his left rib is definitely not the biggest challenge Marc Pingris is facing in San Mig Super Coffee’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series against Alaska.
It’s reigning Best Import Rob Dozier.
And so far, Pingris has managed to hold his own against the hard-working import, enough for the Mixers to send their best-of-three series with the Aces to a winner-take-all showdown.
Thanks to the forward’s energy on both ends of the floor, San Mig managed to pull off a come-from-behind 70-65 win against Alaska in a Game Two that saw Pingris hold Dozier to just five points and six rebounds in the final half.
“Kung ano makakaya ko gagawin ko, dahil sa ang import, iyan ang trabaho nila eh,” he said. “Ipinakita ko lang naman yung kaya ko, eh. Gumagawa at magaling siya (Dozier), pero basta ang importante manalo.”
Despite nursing a bruised left rib, the many-time All-Defensive team member still managed to contribute offensively as he led the Mixers in scoring with 17 points and sparked a telling 16-0 run by San Mig in the final period that proved to be the turning point of the game.
Pingris also added 12 rebounds and played like there was no tomorrow as he constantly dived for the loose ball, and at one point in the fourth period, tapped the ball to the waiting hands of teammate Mark Barroca to keep one Mixers possession alive.
“Alam mo naman ako eh, kung ano pinatrabaho ni coach gagawin ko,” he said.
In contrast, the gutsy forward only had four points and five rebounds in San Mig’s Game One loss to Alaska.
“Katulad ng sinasabi ko, kapag natatalo kami, may opportunity kami mag-adjust,” said Pingris.