IT’S no secret that offense, alone, can’t win you games. GlobalPort's loss to NLEX proved that point even more for Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle.
Pringle rued GlobalPort’s defensive inefficiency that he said led to their 114-98 defeat to NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night.
While forming a potent offensive combination anew with Terrence Romeo and Mike Glover, Pringle lamented the Batang Pier’s porous defense especially on Road Warriors import Bill Walker, who scattered 35 points.
“It all comes down to defense,” Pringle, who led the Batang Pier with 27 points, seven assists, and two boards in 43 minutes, said after the game. “We're scoring the ball, but we can't let a good scorer like Henry Walker in the third quarter, we can’t afford it.”
The Batang Pier allowed Walker to score 13 points in the third quarter, where the Road Warriors outscored GlobalPort, 37-20, to complete a 17-point turnaround after trailing by eight at the half.
“We have defensive mishaps like these,” said Pringle, whose team allowed Alaska to score a season-high 133 points in their last loss. “When I look at it, this game and Alaska, we gotta be more just really defensive minded about everything.”
GlobalPort gave up an average of 123.5 points in its last two games.
As a result, the Batang Pier suffered a third straight setback and fell to a 3-7 win-loss record to move on the brink of elimination.
“Honestly I don't look at it game by game, I don’t know if we're out or anything but as far as this game is concerned, in defense we messed up," Pringle said.