"I told the guys 'Hey man, let's keep talking, keep playing hard until the end of the game. It doesn't matter - win or lose - as long as we give everything we got till the end of the game, we can be satisfied. And finally, we came up with the win.'"
Stanley Pringle expressed satisfaction in seeing GlobalPort translate its hard-nosed effort into a victory Wednesday night, in the process ending the three-game winning streak of defending champion San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Pringle had plenty to do with their fourth win as his hustle plays and cat-quick moves allowed the Batang Pier to overcome the ejection of import Malcolm White on the way to a 98-94 upset of the fancied Beermen.
GlobalPort, which improved to 4-4, entered the game coming off defeats to Rain or Shine (96-90) last May 20 and Alaska (109-103) last June 2 despite taking big leads in both matches.
"We've been more on the unfortunate side so I knew if we just kept playing hard in the endgame, we gonna come over with a big win sooner or later," Pringle said.
Pringle finished with 22 points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals as he brought his stirring performance in the recent FIBA 3x3 World Cup into the match.
The former Penn State star made the biggest defensive play of the match with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth. He deflected Arwind Santos' inbound pass to Alex Cabagnot before diving for the looseball that led to Mo Tautuaa sinking a layup to extend GlobalPort's lead to 97-94.
"I knew they gonna go to Alex so when they lobbed it in the air, it was like a fight for the ball so I went after it," he said.(JT)