BATANGAS -- Barangay Ginebra showed an initial glimpse of what it can do with the addition of Stanley Pringle in the Gin Kings mix, pulling off a lopsided 100-85 win over NLEX in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum here Sunday night.
Unleashing their firepower together in a decisive blitzkrieg in the third quarter, Pringle, Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio powered Ginebra to a 27-point spread at 76-49, and the Kings coasted to a second straight win and to a 4-3 overall record.
Pringle, Brownlee and Tenorio highlighted the Kings' third-quarter breakaway with a combined five three-point conversions, and Ginebra sustained a dominant ride en route to tying Blackwater at fourth place behind NorthPort (7-1), TNT (7-1) and Magnolia Pambasang Manok (3-2).
The Road Warriors stayed in the cellar at 1-7, missing a follow-up to its lone win versus the Meralco Bolts the last time out.
Pringle was his usual self in his first outing as a Gin King, coming through with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals to the delight of the Ginebra throngs in this Batangas City playing venue.
The league scoring champ while with NorthPort last season, the Fil-Am guard demonstrated his scoring prowess to spark Ginebra's breakaway from a 50-42 count at the half.
Pringle paired well with Brownlee from the get-go, with the two leading an early charge that gave the Kings a 27-17 lead in the opening quarter.
Brownlee finished with yet another highly productive performance with 37 markers, eight boards, seven dish-offs and five steals against four turnovers.
Tenorio and Greg Slaughter were two other Kings who wound up with double-digit outputs with 11 and 10, respectively.
So dominant was Ginebra, allowing coach Tim Cone the luxury of playing 13 players, including third-stringers Julian Sargent and Tey Teodoro.
After a big game against the Bolts, Tony Mitchell was a marked man and effectively contained by the Kings.
With Mitchell held to 17 points, Poy Erram led the losing cause for the Road Warriors, making 20 markers and getting away with a double-double with 14 boards.(SB)
Ginebra 100 - Brownlee 37, Pringle 16, Tenorio 11, Slaughter 10, Aguilar 8, Caguioa 4, Caperal 4, Mariano 4, Thompson 3; Devance 3, R. Aguilar 0, Sargent 0, Teodoro 0.
NLEX 85 - Erram 20, Mitchell 17, Ighalo 13, Cruz 12, Quinahan 6, Galanza 6, Taulava 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 2, Tiongson 2, Lao 1, Rios 0, Paniamogan 0, Varilla 0.
Quarterscores: 27-17, 50-42, 80-63, 100-85.