IT’S what great players usually do with the game on the line, and Stanley Pringle was more than willing to do it his way.
The sophomore guard came through in the clutch after scoring the game-winning basket for Globalport over Rain or Shine, 113-111, in a Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup thriller on Friday the 13th at the Philsports Arena.
Coach Pido Jarencio said the Batang Pier’s final play with 14 seconds left and the count tied at 111 was solely designed for Pringle, who didn’t disappoint by driving strong to the hoop and making the basket off three Rain or Shine defenders.
“They trusted me with the ball in the end. I just want to be aggressive, take it to the rim, read the right play. But I was open so I got a lay-up,” said last year’s Rookie of the Year.
Pringle finished with a game-high 27 points but only had four in the final period.
Yet it was his endgame heroics that spelled the difference in a match of changing fortunes that saw at least 16 lead changes and the score tied 12 times.
“It feels good. They trusted me with the ball and I came through. Hopefully the next time they trust me, I can make the plays again,” said Pringle, adding the last time he scored a game winner was still way back in junior college.
The win propelled the Batang Pier to a four-way tie on top with reigning champion San Miguel, Alaska, and the Elasto Painters, all with similar 3-1 (win-loss) record.
The team also became the first team to beat Rain or Shine in the all-Filipino conference.
But Pringle said this is not the time for Globalport to slacken down on its campaign after registering its third straight game.
“It means a lot because we’re on a roll. We still look forward to a couple of games because we can easily get off track. We just keep on looking forward,” said the deadly Fil-Am guard.