ANTIPOLO – NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio admitted the slow start of the team could be attributed to Stanley Pringle’s absence in the early part of the conference due to his duties with the national team.
Pringle didn’t play in the first three games of the Governors’ Cup after he completed his national team duties in the Asian Games and the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.
That led to an early struggles of the team, Jarencio admitted.
“Ang hirap din kasi first three games, nawala si Stanley sa amin. And then, when he came back, pagod na pagod siya, sinabi niya sa akin. Siyempre somebody has to step up pero they are looking at Stanley as the heart and soul of the team."
“We are not sour graping pero ‘yun ang katotohanan ng team,” said Jarencio.
The 0-6 start had NorthPort holding big leads only to lose them in the endgame including defeats against TNT and Blackwater, but Jarencio said it was not the fault of the players.
“For me, hindi meltdown kundi breaks of the game eh. We were not making our shots in the last two, three minutes. Siguro effort, more on effort, kailangan pa and at the same time, kailangan mo rin magkaroon ng pride especially on defense. Ang mindset mo, hindi basta basta makaka-shoot,” said Jarencio.
“Tinitignan na lang namin ‘yung mga positives. We almost won the game against TNT and Blackwater. Breaks of the game. They were making their shots tapos kami, we were not making shots,” Jarencio said.
Thanks to their 50 percent shooting from the field, NorthPort finally broke its losing streak after beating Columbian, 118-101, on Saturday at the Ynares Center. After losing a few close games this conference, NorthPort finally nailed a win.
“Today, we were making our shots, Sean (Anthony), Stanley, Mo (Tautuaa), and even ‘yung mga ibang players. They did their share,” said Jarencio.
Pringle had 26 points in the game, and his play was complemented by the inside presence of Mo Tautuaa, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Sean Anthony also did his thing as he contributed 25 points for the Batang Pier.
“We looked good today because Stanley, Sean, and even Mo are really our main man. Si Mo, hindi nila ma-stop inside,” said Jarencio.
Putting their flat start behind, Jarencio is determined to help his team pick up as many wins as possible in their quest to make it to the quarterfinals.
“Basta one game at a time. Kung saan tayo pupunta, dun na lang. Kung manalo ng four straight, maging 5-6, so be it. Kung papasok, okay. Kung playoff, okay. Kung wala, mag-plano next season. Kailangan lang mag-move on ng mag-move on,” Jarencio said.