STANLEY Pringle blamed fatigue for his sub-par offensive showing for GlobalPort that factored heavily in a 96-81 loss to Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night.
His team coming off a 99-84 win over TNT just last Wednesday, the Batang Pier star was held to just five points on an atrocious 1-of-12 shooting – after coming into the game as the tournament’s second-leading scorer.
As a unit, the Batang Pier made just 28 of their 72 shots for a 38.9-percent clip from beyond the arc.
“We just played forty-eight hours ago and they didn’t. We were tired,” Pringle admitted. “We already knew going into this game that it was going to be tough so we really just focused on us.”
“We played good,” he insisted. “For a team that has played back-to-back against a team that is rested, it is hard to win the game.”
The Hotshots’ last game was on Saturday when they lost to Rain or Shine, 101-95, in Pangasinan.
“Wala na. Pagod na talaga e. Wala na tayong mabubunot e. Wala na tayong magagawa,” a dejected GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said.
GlobalPort lost for the fifth time in nine games that left a dent in their postseason bid, making Pringle think short-term.
“We’re just focusing on the next two games, we’re not even looking in the playoffs yet,” the Filipino-American guard said. “We just want to focus on the next game and the next game – Kia then Phoenix.”
The Batang Pier, at least, will have five days of rest heading to their match against Kia before heading into the FIBA international break, giving them atleast 10 days to prepare for Phoenix.
That’s a development that Jarencio welcomes.
“Atleast we have a five-day break against Kia. Tapos after Kia, 10 days na rest. Ang laking bagay noon kasi nakapahinga ka. Just like what happened to TNT, they played three games in one week. Tingnan mo, pag dating sa amin, hirap na hirap. Pagod na kasi e. Iyun ang story dyan,” Jarencio said. - With reports from Christian Jacinto