TOP PBA rookie pick Stanley Pringle said his first preseason game in a GlobalPort uniform was a good "feel-your-way-through" match after playing with incoming sophomore guard Terrence Romeo at the backcourt.
Though noted as an explosive scorer since his college days at Penn State, Pringle showed his playmaking prowess in steering GlobalPort to a 79-78 win over the Changwon LG Sakers on Wednesday.
"It's been good for the past month, working out with him (Romeo)," Pringle said, after finishing with 19 points. "I've been seeing what he likes to do and what I like to do."
With the Batang Pier without several key players like Alex Cabagnot and Jay Washington, Pringle said they had to work hard in order to battle back against the taller Sakers, runner-up in the Korean Basketball League this past season.
"We just played hard. Lots of people are hurt so we just try to jell and still working on a couple of things in the team," added the 27-year-old GlobalPort freshman guard, who played in Belgium, Poland and Ukraine, before joining the Indonesia Warriors the last two years in the Asean Basketball League.
Pringle said beating the Sakers doesn't mean anything at this point, saying the new-look Batang Pier are still a work in progress.
"We still got a lot of work to do. We're nowhere near where we want to be, but it's good to get a tune-up game," he said.
GlobalPort plays the Kuwait national squad on Saturday, before taking on Kia, San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra next week.