Stanley Pringle enthralled defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and its fans in his debut during Sunday’s 100-85 win over NLEX in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum.
Pringle, attained from NorthPort in a trade last Tuesday, finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals as Ginebra won its second in a row to 4-3 for fifth place in the standings.
Coach Tim Cone seem pleased with how Pringle engaged well with Justin Brownlee, who produced 37 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
One play during the third quarter saw Brownlee making a quick pass to Pringle for an easy layup that gave Ginebra a 64-47 lead with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter.
“Stanley and Justin were just playing off of each other and that was not anything planned. It just happened,” said Cone, who expects to see the combination more often.
NLEX dropped to a league-worst 1-7 record notwithstanding 20 points from Poy Erram and 17 points and eight rebounds from import Tony Mitchell.
Ginebra won amid humid conditions that almost forced PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial to stop the game due to the slippery floor.
Earlier, Rey Nambatac scored a layup with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to give Rain or Shine an 88-86 victory over Columbian.
The Elasto Painters went back at .500-mark by going 3-3, bouncing back from a heartbreaking 107-105 overtime loss to the NorthPort Batang Pier last Wednesday.
Rain or Shine almost failed another sure win with import Denzel Bowles missing 14-of-21 free throws during the contest, some of which allowed Rashawn McCarthy to force the game into overtime at 81-all on a corner three with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.
Columbian dropped to 1-6 despite 26 points and 15 rebounds from import Lester Prosper.