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Stanley Pringle turns to teammates, coaches' guidance in first-ever Finals appearance
by Reynald Magallon, January 06, 2020 12:03am
Ginebra San Miguel guard Stanley Pringle can already be considered a seasoned veteran considering his vast experience inside and outside the country. But believe it or not, the crafty scorer will only be playing his first finals appearance in the PBA since joining the league in 2014.
Pringle's Ginebra will be taking on the Meralco Bolts in the 2019 Governors' Cup Finals and a veteran guard that he is, he's not forcing anything as far as making an immediate impact in the Finals is concern.
Pringle, who joined Ginebra just last conference after a mid-conference trade, is excited for the Finals although he's turning to his teammates and coaches to guide him in the unfamiliar territory.
"Definitely, it’s my first finals but I’m really excited and I know the love from my teammates and coaching staff for giving me guide to get there," said the 32 year-old guard.
"I’m just focused on their guidance and the execution on the team, not really forcing to do what I can’t do," he added.
Pringle has been a vital cog for Ginebra in their return trip to the Finals averaging 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 steals so far in the Governors’ Cup. He also played a key role in their Semi-finals series providing support to Justin Brownlee to dispatch his former team Northport Batang Pier.
However, Pringle's first ever Finals appearance was easily over shadowed by the bigger side stories of the series especially that the Finals showdown between the two teams will be their third in four season.
On the first two occassions, Ginebra had Meralco's number but with the key additions from the Bolts side definitely boosted their chances against the Gin Kings.
"Definitely, they are a real good team. Like coach said, they are the best defensive team and a very good rebounding team. They beat us by 30 points in the first game," added Pringle who refused to get too carried away by the drama and just focus on the task at hand
"Like I said, I’m just looking forward to listening to the advice of my teammates and the coaching staff, pace myself for seven games because it’s going to be a long series."
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