Ginebra coach Frankie Lim mum on benching of import Sanchir Tungalag
Sanchir Tungalag warms his seat on the bench. Jerome Ascano

SANCHIR Tungalag was mum about his benching in Barangay Ginebra’s 95-91 loss to Talk ‘N Text on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night.

The Gin Kings’ Asian import looked tentative and jittery in his league debut against Alaska last Friday when he scored eight points, missing all but one of his six shots, and committed three turnovers in 13 minutes.

That could’ve prompted Kings coach Frankie Lim to bury him on the bench entirely against the Tropang Texters.

Lim, however, refused to grant an interview with reporters as he headed out the Big Dome.

Tungalag’s interpreter, Bold, said the Mongolian shooter was fit to play, although they declined to comment on his benching.

“No, nothing (comment). Baka mamaya, the coach (might see the comments in a) negative (way),” interpreter Bold said. “Wag na lang.”

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“Next game,” said a disappointed Tungalag, who, near the end of the match, sat by himself on the bench during timeouts not bothering to join the huddle.

It seems it’s not his offense that’s the problem.

“He can help us naman talaga offensively, but I’m not sure kung ano ang plano talaga sa kanya ng coaching staff eh,” Kings star guard LA Tenorio said. “Siguro kailangan ng konting adjustment pa para sa kanya sa game ng PBA.”

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