RASHAD Woods is the import of NorthPort, but there's no doubt in his mind who the team's best player is.
“You watching the same game I’m watching,” said Woods. “Stanley (Pringle) is the best player in our team.”
“I’m the import. I do my job. But Stanley is one of the best players in the country. Big spark for our team,” said Woods.
Pringle had 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in NorthPort's 99-94 win over Meralco - the team's second straight in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Team Pilipinas mainstay made six of his 12 three-point attempts and combined with Sean Anthony to hold off a last-ditch stand by the Bolts.
Woods also left his imprint in the game.
Held scoreless in the first half, Woods had 20 points and six rebounds in the second half after a dressing-down from coach Pio Jarencio at halftime.
“He said at halftime, he talked to me and said, ‘What’s going on with you?’ because I got my head down. We are a family here. Feed your family. He started screaming at me. I said, ‘No problem coach.’ That’s why I came out with more spark in the second half to boost the team and help us,” said Woods.
After a 0-6 start, the Batang Pier have picked up their second consecutive win to stay in the race for a quarterfinal berth. Woods said the slow start is now a distant memory for the team.
“Like my mom always say, slow start, always a good finish. Always, when it’s a slow start, there’s going to be something positive in the end. You just have to keep the faith and keep on playing,” said Woods.
“Right now, anything can happen. We just do our job."