PBA Finals: Ginebra gets big push from Pringle as Kings near crown
Paul Lintag on Jan 14, 2020 03:55 PM
Stanley Pringle delivered his best Finals performance to date in Game 3, leading Ginebra’s second-half charge as the Gin Kings took control of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against the Bolts. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
As Meralco’s new Finals weapons struggled in Game 3 because of injuries or just general bad luck in putting the ball through the hoop, Ginebra’s not-so-secret weapon shined like a star that he is.
Stanley Pringle delivered his best Finals performance to date, leading Ginebra’s second-half charge as the Gin Kings took control of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against the Bolts.
Pringle scored 23 for the game but his best work came in the third when he scored 17 points in a 35-16 quarter in favor of the barangay.
That sizzling run turn a defensive slugfest into a blowout.
“We pushed,” Pringle said.
“[We pushed] the tempo a little bit more, got out on the break. It was big. We got the rebound and pushed the tempo, got into the [basket] a little earlier in the shot clok so I think that was the key right there,” he added.
Ginebra wanted to drive a hole into Meralco’s stout defense. And with the Bolts missing star center Raymond Almazan due to injury, there was a gaping hole that the Gin Kings could exploit.
And they did on their way to a 2-1 series lead.
“That was a key, Coach Tim wanted us to penetrate. Move the ball around it and get in the paint,” Pringle said.
“Meralco being a good defensive team, sometimes we were taking or we were settling for the three because that’s what it was given. So we’re tring to be a little bit more discipline and attack the basket mre,” Stanley added.
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