Mirror image? Jayson Castro impressed by rookie Pringle's quick first step, team-first mentality
Jayson Castro admits he took time to watch Stanley Pringle's games in the ABL, and he was even more impressed as they finally battled head-to-head. Jerome Ascano

TALK ‘N Text star Jayson Castro came away impressed after finally playing against GlobalPort’s rookie guard Stanley Pringle, who since the offseason has been compared to him due to his quick first step and ability to penetrate to the basket.

The 5-foot-8 Gilas combo guard said he first heard about Pringle when the bearded GlobalPort playmaker was still playing for the Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League, saying he took the time to watch the ABL just to see how he plays.

“Before, curious ako, pero nung napapanood ko siya sa ABL, nakita ko nga at ang magaling,” added the former Philippine Christian University star.

Castro said there was more to Pringle than his killer crossover moves, adding he was impressed the most by the GlobalPort Fil-Am guard’s team-first mentality that helped the Batang Pier score a 105-97 victory over the Tropang Texters on Tuesday night.

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“Magaling saka marami siyang (Pringle) moves eh. Kapag hawak niya ang bola, may crossover siya saka very quick ang first step niya,” observed Castro.

“But he looks to pass din naman. Hindi siya yung all the way (to the basket) lagi kundi, in-involve niya mga teammates niya, which is good.”

The 28-year-old Castro said Terrence Romeo and Ronjay Buenafe delivered the telling blows against the Tropang Texters in the endgame, but it was Pringle who brought stability to GlobalPort’s backcourt.

“Team player siya eh. Hindi siya more on individual (play). Kasi pag once nag-drive siya, kini-kick out niya talaga pag may open,” said the one-time PBA Best Player of the Conference awardee.

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