THE competitor that he is, imagine how painful the feeling was for Marc Pingris watching on the bench as Star tried – and eventually failed – to stop a rampaging train that was Barangay Ginebra.
Trouble is, the player known as the biggest supplier of energy for the Hotshots has long been banished from the game after committing his sixth and final foul midway through the fourth period of their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup playoffs against the Kings on Christmas Day at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Pingris admitted how hard it was for him watching his teammates from the bench unable to do anything as the Kings played ‘Grinch’ on the Hotshots behind a classic 92-89 comeback win that dashed the team’s hopes of forging a sudden-death match.
“Masakit para sa akin na nakaupo lang ako at tinitingnan ko ‘yung mga teammates ko. Gusto kong maglaro,” said the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, who was the last Hotshot to leave the team dugout.
“Hindi kami binabayaran para umupo rito. Kailangan naming magtrabaho.”
Pingris eventually rued the last foul called on him which came at a time when the Hotshots were still ahead, 74-61.
“Puwede bang tawagan ka ng foul na tinatapik mo lang ‘yung bola?” asked the Star power forward, who was whistled his final foul as he went for a rebound against two Ginebra players.
In light of the call, the veteran player said he appeared to be confused on what foul will be called or not by game officials, so much so that he’s pleading for the Commissioner’s Office to at least review that particular sequence.
“Hindi ko sinasabi ito dahil talo kami. Sana makita lang nila. Sana ma-review nila,” he stressed.