STANLEY Pringle doesn't mind if GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio is breaking him in slowly in the PBA Governors' Cup after a long absence, saying his biggest concern at this point is to get back to full fitness.
After missing the latter part of GlobalPort’s Commissioner’s Cup campaign due to a right ankle sprain, the top rookie looked as if he never left as he provided the spark in a 100-76 victory over Blackwater on Friday night.
“I was excited. But (I’m) just (concerned) seeing how my foot is gonna feel and get my rhythm back. I was just thinking about my body more,” the six-foot Fil-Am rookie guard said.
The shifty Pringle made quite an impact in his first game back for the Batang Pier, finishing with 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in only 14 minutes of action.
Pringle explained that since getting the green light to return to practice, he has worked hard on his outside shooting. No wonder the former Penn State standout shot 7-of-10 overall from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc.
“All I’ve been doing was shooting. But we’ll see if it continues, if I stay consistent,” added the bearded freshman guard.
At 2-0, GlobalPort has taken the early lead in the standings but Pringle is not getting ahead of himself, saying what will keep the Batang Pier ahead of the pack is chemistry.
“I’m positive. If we stay together as a team, we’ll be fine because we’re doing the little things like talking and huddling in practice,” he said.