PBA Finals: Stanley Pringle the "difference" in latest Ginebra title
Paul Lintag on Jan 18, 2020 01:40 PM
Pringle impressed in his first-ever PBA Finals and is one of the key reasons why the Governors' Cup Finals ended in just five games in favor of the Gin Kings. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Stanley Pringle is finally a PBA champion, and as far as Ginebra head coach Tim Cone is concerned, his new super weapon is well... a weapon.
Pringle impressed in his first-ever PBA Finals and is one of the key reasons why the Governors' Cup Finals ended in just five games in favor of the Gin Kings.
Stanley, who was a strong Finals MVP candidate behind eventual winner Japeth Aguilar, was just that good.
"What do you say about Stanley? He's the difference," Cone said of Pringle, who the Gin Kings acquired for a unit of role players during the Commissioner's Cup.
"I mean, he was the difference in this series. That the one guy that they [Meralco] had to pay attention to that opened up things for Justin [Brownlee]," coach Tim added.
Pringle averaged 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in the Finals.
More than his actual production, his on-court play and presence are really what gave the Gin Kings a new dimension and took the team to another level.
"I think of all the players, you know, Scottie would would get the crowd going with his rebounding, Japeth we get the crowd going with his block shots, and even Justin we get the crowd going with his three-point shooting but Stanley and that ability getting the open court and finishing through traffic. Nothing quite gets the crowd going like that," Cone said of Pringle.
"He's really really, really special. And he took us to the next level why we're able to win this series, this thing in five games. I think it was Stanley's presence," Coach Tim added.
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