LIKE the growth of his facial hair, Stanley Pringle hopes GlobalPort’s rise in the PBA continues as fast as it could.
The Batang Pier saw their promising season come to an end on Sunday night when they wasted their twice-to-beat advantage after surrendering to Star, 101-94, in their Governors’ Cup quarterfinal sudden-death game.
But Pringle believes the future is bright for their young squad, evidenced by their comeback from a 21-point deficit that just fell short.
“GlobalPort is always going to play hard, is always going to get better,” the Rookie of the Year frontrunner said. “We're just going to try to get better. That's our goal in the offseason. Everybody wants to get better.”
Could it be as fast as how his beard is growing?
“I have no idea. It grows back in like three months, but it's just hair.”
Pringle, though, admitted he has to learn how to use his energy in games wisely after suffering from cramps in the middle of the Batang Pier’s rally in the third quarter.
“I got to pace myself a little bit better. I got to work on that for sure.”
The prolific Filipino-American guard believes the entire team needs to know how to pace themselves better.
“Pacing ourselves, but always stay together,” Pringle said. “When teams make a run, stay and keep your composure and keep on playing. Don't get down on yourself. That's a big lesson.”
“Teams are always going to make runs. You just have to keep your composure,” he added.
A consolation Pringle can look forward to is being poised to win the top plum for a freshman, although he is playing down his chances.
“There were a lot of good rookies,” Pringle said. “They all played their best, so whoever they pick probably deserves it.”