WHILE enjoying the holiday break, Marc Pingris finds it strange Purefoods is not among those playing in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
After being in the finals in four of the last five conferences, the Hotshots failed to make it deep in the playoffs this time as they were eliminated by the Meralco Bolts, 77-65, in their quarterfinal duel three weeks ago.
Pingris said he and the rest of the team had grown accustomed to practicing and playing during this time of the year until the Bolts sent them to an early Christmas vacation.
But the Gilas stalwart said the team has nothing but itself to blame.
“Ayos lang naman (early Christmas break). Deserving naman namin ito (playoff exit) dahil napabayaan namin yung mga games namin,” Pingris confided to Spin.ph.
The forward out of PSBA said he doesn’t envy the four semifinalists currently slugging it out for the two finals berth in the all-Filipino conference.
“Deserving naman sila lahat maglaro sa semis.”
But the Gilas stalwart vowed in as much as Purefoods is making the most of this rare vacation, the Hotshots will also come out hard when they resume training on January 5 as they prepare to defend their Commissioner’s Cup title.
“Basta next time, magwo-work hard kami starting January 5 kasi back to work na kami nun. Saka ang importante eh mag-stay together lang ang team kahit na anong mangyari,” he said.
Among the Hotshots, Pingris has played the most number of games with 89 dating back to the 2013 Governors Cup, the same conference where the team began its streak of championships.
Aside from his regular PBA load, Pingris also played for Gilas Pilipinas that saw action in the Fiba World Cup and Asian Games.