TOP rookie pick Stanley Pringle felt Globalport didn’t have the legs to compete with San Miguel Beer, resulting in an embarrassing 95-69 defeat to the Beermen on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier were coming off a tough 87-84 loss to the Alaska Aces over the weekend in Cagayan de Oro City, flew back to Manila on Sunday and only had full day to prepare for the Beermen.
“Players were a little fatigued, everybody was saying before the game, but that’s no excuse, everybody’s missing their shots,” Pringle told Spin.ph.
The 6-foot-1 Fil-American guard finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, but he made just 5 of 15 shots from the field.
His backcourt mates didn't do any better, with Alex Cabagnot missing 14 of his 18 shots and Terrence Romeo finishing with seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Pringle gave credit to San Miguel’s choking defense, which held GlobalPort to just 29 percent in the game, including a woeful 3-of-31 from the three-point zone.
“They’re (Beermen) playing good defense, but sometimes the ball bounces like that. Everybody was off, man,” he said. “I had several open shots that I missed, even Ronjay (Buenafe), Alex, everybody was off.”
The loss was GlobalPort’s second straight as it dropped to eighth spot in the standings with a 4-5 win-loss card.
With two games left in its single-round elimination schedule, Pringle said it is imperative for the team to come out with more effort overall in the hope of earning a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.
“That’s what they (GlobalPort coaching staff and players) were just talking about. We got to keep pushing because talk about our effort, we need to pick up our effort,” stressed the 27-year-old former Penn State standout.
GlobalPort takes a four-day break before facing Barangay Ginebra on Sunday in a key matchup that would more or less determine the Batang Pier’s hopes for a twice-to-beat bertth.
The Batang Pier close their elimination schedule by playing the Meralco Bolts on December 9.