VIDEO: Tim Cone says Stanley Pringle already learning never-say-die spirit
After Stanley Pringle hit an overtime-forcing floater which eventually led to a win for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel over the Columbian Dyip on Sunday night, head coach Tim Cone said his prized point guard is steadily learning the never-say-die spirit.
“I think he is doing it, he is excited to play in front of the crowd, he gets pumped up for them. He hasn’t been around long enough to know our history yet but we will educate him and he will figure it out in a hurry especially once the playoff starts,” said Cone of Pringle.
“He is giving us another option. Before, everybody would know we would give the ball to Justin (Brownlee). It makes it a lot easier on Justin and the rest of the team.”
Not long ago, Pringle was acquired by Ginebra in a deal that involved Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer. His arrival meant an even more formidable backcourt as he joined crowd favorites LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson.
Ginebra closed their PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination campaign with a 7-4 record, good enough for 4th spot entering the quarter-finals.
Cone added: “I just wanted them to take an open shot. If they can shoot an open three then do it but I just wanted a two. So he did a great job. The import switched out on him and he used his quickness to get by and was able to hit his floater and put us to overtime.”
Pringle finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists for Ginebra in their 127-123 overtime win over Columbian.