GOING up against Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar in a fiercely fought, highly physical playoff series is no easy task.
That's why Marc Pingris needs every little edge he can get.
A day after a hard-earned 97-89 win over Barangay Ginebra in Game Threeof their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series, the San Mig forward was seen sprawled on the floor of the Ronac Gym rejuvenating his weary legs with the help of a Normatec recovery system.
“Effective naman,” Pingris said of the cutting-edge technology, franchised by Barako Bull’s Rico Maierhofer.
San Mig trainer Nick Ocampo explained the theory behind the recovery system.
“With this device, it hastens the circulation of blood flow para ma-dissipate ulit yung lactic acid from the body, therefore makaka-recover siya agad,” Ocampo said.
Pingris underscored his reputation as San Mig's heart and soul by grabbing 12 boards - eight on the offensive end - on top of 15 points, four assists, and one block shot while trying to contain either Slaughter or Aguilar.
San Mig went on to beat the much-bigger Kings off the boards, 48-47.
Much more than the work done by San Mig's frontline, however, Pingris felt it was the quickness of the backcourt pair of Mark Barroca and Justin Melton that has offset Ginebra's height advantage.
“Oo naman. Hindi kami pwede mag-one-on-one sa loob, kasi kakainin kami ng buhay,” admitted the energetic 6-foot-4 San Mig forward. “Kailangan talaga mag-click `yung small guys namin.”
“Kung may mismatch kami sa laki, ganun naman ang problema nila sa speed,” Pingris added. “So bina-balance lang ni coach. Hindi pwedeng makipag-sabayan kami (sa rebounds) kasi talagang tatalunin kami.”