MARC Pingris usually ends post-game interviews by 'plugging' an appearance in a movie.
“Wala pa yung movie ko eh,” he would say, drawing chuckles from reporters.
But on Wednesday night, after a 93-86 loss to Ginebra that left their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at two games apiece, the Staf forward joked about a different project in the pipeline.
“Abangan niyo na lang yung cooking show ko,” the Hotshots forward said after reporters had already turned off their recorders and wrapped up the interview at the Big Dome hallway.
Pingris didn’t clarify if it was an allusion, but he was not the first one to answer questions about 'cooking' in a Game Four that was marred by controversy over the referees' calls.
Pngris' teammate made a “cooking” gesture after contesting a foul, but later insisted the gesture was intended for his teammates - and not for the referees.
During the main interview, Pingris felt the Hotshots had the desire to win in Game Four, but also conceded to the Gin Kings, saying it was simply their night.
“Nandoon pa naman yung desire namin manalo eh, pero talagang masyadong magaling lang yung Ginebra,” Pingris said. “Talagang gabi nila.”
“Mainit din si Jervy Cruz, talagang 'di namin inexpect na gagawa siya ng ganung score,” he added. “Wala kami magawa, so practice ulit bukas, adjust na naman, titignan namin mga pagkakamali namin.”
Pingris vowed to lessen their fouls after committing 36 – twice as much as the Gin Kings’ fouls.
“Ang dami namin masyadong fouls eh. Dun din siguro kami natalo,” Pingris said. “Next time siguro iiwasan namin mag-foul para manalo kami, at gagalingan namin sa depensa.”