ANTIPOLO CITY – NorthPort players admitted the absence of Stanley Pringle lit a fire under them, resulting in the Batang Pier winning their first game of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Batang Pier defeated Alaska, 103-81, on Wednesday to secure their first win of the conference even without Pringle, who is still recovering from an ankle surgery where his bone spurs were removed.
The absence of Pringle was enough motivation for the team, says NorthPort cager Mo Tautuaa.
“Stanley is the cornerstone of the team,” said Tautuaa. “When you think about NorthPort, most people think of Stan. Without him, it’s definitely hands tied behind our back.
“I think what happened was we took it as a challenge,” added Tautuaa.
Tautuaa was one of the players who stepped up in the game after he had 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
More important though is the contributions of the other players especially off the benach wth Sean Anthony leading the attack with 22 points.
“We have a lot of bench points. We really didn’t have a letdown in the game. We stayed solid throughout the game. That was importance. Everybody stepped up in the absence of Stan,” said Tautuaa.
Robert Bolick also stepped up in Pringle’s absence after scoring 19 points.
“Alam ko wala si Stanley so tinake over ko ‘yung point guard, dinistribute ko ‘yung bola ng maayos, binigay ko sa open man. Same lang sa linalaro ko sa San Beda. Same pa rin. Naging much aggressive lang ako ngayon,” said the rookie.
Bolick hopes the Batang Pier will be able to sustain their strong start in the next games.
“Kahit sampu lang kami, binigay namin ‘yung best namin. Practice kami ng maigi kasi kulang kami. Ang ganda ng team namin ngayon kasi lahat nag-contribute. Sana magtuluy-tuloy this conference,” said Bolick.