STANLEY Pringle insisted it’s not his intention to carry most of scoring load for GlobalPort, especially in the absence of Terrence Romeo - as was the case again in the team’s 78-70 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night.
The prolific shooting guard lit up the scoreboard with 29 points on 12-of-24 shooting as he padded his scoring average to 28.3 points on 47-percent shooting, solidifying his stature as the tournament’s scoring leader early this conference.
But asked if he had a conscious effort to take over in the payoff period where he scored nine points to bring the Batang Pier home, Pringle implied that he’s focused only on delivering what the team needs.
“That's never my mindset -- to score and make points,” Pringle said. “It's making the best play as you can. Of course I must be aggressive, I will attack of course, but I don’t like to force myself just to score points.
“I'm not gonna try to overforce and do stuff just to score points,” he added.
His individual brilliance resulted in a favorable result for the team as the Batang Pier to their first win in three games.
But Pringle refused to get carried away.
“I would just say it was a good win,” Pringle said. “We executed our offense today. It just shows that we can win. But we can’t be too happy and celebrate too much. We got another game coming up and we still need a lot to improve on.
“Just take it game by game, chop up the film, and see what we can improve,” he added.