With Romeo a marked man, Pringle ready to step up

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11:38 PM January 5th, 2016

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By: Randolph B. Leongson, January 5th, 2016 11:38 PM
PEEKABOO. GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle tries to drive past his Alaska defender in Game 1 of their semifinals series Monday night. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

PEEKABOO. GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle (3) tries to drive past his Alaska defender in Game 1 of their semifinals series Monday night. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

It was definitely Terrence Romeo’s night on Monday, but Stanley Pringle knows that with his teammate’s 41-point explosion in GlobalPort’s 107-93 Game 1 victory, Alaska will surely clamp down on his backcourt mate.

And Pringle is more than ready to step in case that happens in Game 2.

“Definitely, I’m ready. I always let the game come to me. If the team needs me to step up, that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

But Pringle knows that what made the Batang Pier get into the position they’re currently in isn’t just because of the play of their guards, but due to the team’s collective effort from the get-go.

“Whenever you’re shooting bad, it’s all rhythm and everybody is just picking you up. Fortunately for me, Keith (Jensen) and Terrence were hitting their shots and they just kept on shooting,” said Pringle, who finished with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

But more than GlobalPort’s offensive outbursts, Pringle rather focused on his team’s showing on the other end of the floor.

“I think we played good defense today and that’s going to be a key especially early where they will probably try to get a big lead. Just focus on defense and we should be fine.”

Alaska shot 42 percent from the field and 21 percent from threes, an edge which easily went to GlobalPort’s side. It also helps that the Aces shot a dismal 18-of-33 shooting from the charity stripe.

“We know they missed a lot of free throws, so we won’t take this game for granted,” last season’s Rookie of the Year said. “They’re going to come back harder and more efficient the next game. We just got to focus on us and get to our rhythm, keep playing our game.”

Game 2 of the GlobalPort-Alaska semifinals series is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and Pringle and the rest of the Batang Pier know that the 1-0 edge is just the start of a tougher grind in the semifinals.

“We’re just in the moment right now,” he said. “Everybody was happy, but everybody is just reminding each other that it’s just the first game.”

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