THE trade for Stanley Pringle fruit for Barangay Ginebra as the Kings got Magnolia out of the way in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Kings blew the Hotshots away, 106-80, to complete a two-game sweep of the same team that booted them out in the playoffs the last two conferences.
For LA Tenorio, this could be the rationale behind the team’s decision to get the services of Pringle from NorthPort in exchange for the trio of Sol Mercado, Kevin Ferrer, and Jervy Cruz.
It’s not that the three former Ginebra players weren’t valuable assets for the Kings. It just so happened the Kings needed to overcome the Hotshots’ guard-heavy rotation.
“Actually yun yung malaking resbak na nangyari sa amin. Yung pressure na nasa akin before at least na-open up because of Stanley also and then kay Justin. So malaking bagay talaga yung nandiyan siya.”
Pringle’s presence helped Ginebra offset the three-guard rotation of Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Jio Jalalon with the Kings’ own trio of himself, Scottie Thompson, and Pringle.
The formula did work as Tenorio admitted being surprised by the way the Kings handled the Hotshots in the best-of-three series.
“I was surprised with the game a while ago. Parang nawalan sila ng bala, kumbaga sa giyera nawalan sila ng bala,” he said. “Nagulat din ako doon. I didn’t expect na magiging blowout game today.”
Tenorio, who finished with 13 points in the close-out Game 2, said the same set-up could also benefit the Kings going to the semifinals against either top seed TnT Katropa or no. 8 seed Alaska.
“Playing in the next series against Alaska or TnT, pareho lang halos yun e, ganun din. Guard-oriented din,” he pointed out.
“Alaska is almost the same as Magnolia, pressure, physical, their guards are makukulit, aggressive. Same as Talk `N Text.
“I think itong trade na nangyari kay Stanley ito yung perfect trade for us na makapag-counter sa ibang teams na nagiging problem namin ever since.”