THEY won with only half of their dynamic duo delivering. What more if both of them step up?
STANLEY Pringle didn’t mind staying in the shadows of Terrence Romeo on Monday night, believing GlobalPort will eventually need his A-game against Alaska in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series.
While his backcourt partner exploded for a career-high 41 points, Pringle was held to just 14 points, although he did have six boards, and four assists, and one block in 35 minutes in the 107-93 win.
“I’m always just letting the game come to me, so if I’m in there and it comes to me and they need me to step up, then that’s what I’ll do,” the Filipino-American star guard said.
Pringle made just six of his 18 shots and only one of his seven three-pointers as he refused to force the issue when Romeo was carrying the Batang Pier on his back.
“Whenever you’re shooting bad, it’s just rhythm,” Pringle said. “Everybody was picking me up and said that I keep shooting, so that gives me extra boost.”
Aside from their offense, Pringle believes it was their work on the other end that also paid dividends as they limited the Aces to just 42-percent shooting.
“We played good defense today, especially early,” Pringle said. “I think that’s going to be a big key. We can try to get out with a big lead early.”
“We just focus on our defense and play our game and I think we should be fine,” he added.