Jireh Ibañes feels he couldn't have defended Stanley Pringle any better in Globalport's game-winning play
“It was a tough shot,” said Jireh Ibañes of the game-winner made by Globalport guard Stanley Pringle. Jerome Ascano

JIREH Ibañes felt he couldn’t have done a better job defending Stanley Pringle in Globalport’s game-winning play over Rain or Shine, 113-111, in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night at the Philsports Arena.

The Elasto Painters defensive lynchpin was tasked to guard the explosive Filipino-American playmaker, who still got by Ibañes before posterizing big men Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan for the game-winning layup.

“It was a tough shot,” Ibañes told Spin.ph after the game. “Tatlo kami sumabay, pero na-shoot niya. Sabi ko nga, it’s for them.”

The 6-foot-2 wingman also cited the Batang Pier’s torrid shooting from long range that allowed them to gain a head start and a late cushion in the tightly-fought match.

“I’ll give it to them, sobrang ganda ng laro nila,” Ibañes said as the Batang Pier buried 14 of their 34 three-point attempts. “They were hitting their three-pointers.”

“They worked hard for it,” the former University of the Philippines standout added. “I’m not going to take it from them. Talagang kanila yung game. Hopefully we string up more wins.”

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