GlobalPort explosive guard Stanley Pringle turned from hero to goat after blowing the final play that could have either won the game or sent it to overtime.
If only Pringle could rewind it, he would have taken the final shot rather than giving up a pass for the potential game winner against league-leader TNT on Wednesday.
Coming back from a 24-point hole, Pringle alongside backcourt partner Terrence Romeo and import Mike Glover sparked the Batang Pier’s late rally to flip the blowout to a nail-biting game up to the dying seconds.
After Ranidel de Ocampo nailed a clutch basket to the push TNT ahead, 122-120, GlobalPort had one final play to steal the victory or even send it to overtime.
But alas, a costly miscommunication between him and Fil-Am forward Jay Washington off a timeout cost them a potential big comeback and their 3-game winning streak.
“The defense collapsed and Jay (Washington) thought I was gonna lay it up, so he came crashing, maybe I should’ve shot it before I jumped in the air,” described Pringle on the final play.
Despite a tinge of regret after coming up short with a win that could have bolstered their playoff chances, the 2014 top pick sees the balance between the positive and the negative for them to learn.
Prior to the bungled final play, Pringle scored back-to-back baskets that capped an 11-0 run by GlobalPort to tie the game, 120-all.
“Like coach said it’s good that we come back and rally with the team like that but we put ourselves in a deep hole that didn’t help us,” he said.
With their resurgence in the standing halted, Pringle said the Batang Pier will go back to the drawing board and go over the film. – By Jason Mercene
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