PBA: First finals but same approach for Ginebra's Pringle

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2020 09:27 PM

PBA: First finals but same approach for Ginebra's Pringle 1
Ginebra guard Stanley Pringle attends the PBA finals press conference. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – There will be no change to Stanley Pringle's approach to the game on Tuesday night, when the versatile guard plays in a PBA Finals game for the first time in his career.

In his first full conference with Barangay Ginebra, Pringle helped the Gin Kings reach the finals of the PBA Governors' Cup, where they will take on the Meralco Bolts for the third chapter of their budding rivalry.

It will be the first time that Pringle will compete for a championship after spending the first five years of his PBA career with the NorthPort franchise.

"I'm really excited. Got nothing but love for my teammates and coaching staff for keeping me guided to get there," said Pringle, who was traded to Ginebra in June.

Pringle, who averaged 16.9 points and 4.4 assists for the Gin Kings this conference, said he will stick to what has been working for him in the tournament.

"I'm just focusing on execution of the team," he explained. "The advice of my teammates, and just, you know, do nothing. Do nothing that I can't do."

"I'm coming in with the same approach, and I'll leave it on the floor," he added.

The Bolts are aware of how much Pringle can impact the game, with Meralco coach Norman Black noting that the guard has made Ginebra a more dangerous team. In particular, Pringle has helped the Gin Kings become more lethal from beyond the arc, as he is shooting a stunning 42.2% from long range.

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone expects Pringle to shine, though he also knows that the 32-year-old guard will not try to take over their games immediately.

"He'll go with the flow. And, I think that's great because that means he won't come out and try to do too much right away in his first championship," he said.

"He's gonna go out and feel his way through, and find out where he's most effective, and I think that he will grow as the series goes along. He'll get better and better as the series goes along," Cone predicted.

Pringle, for his part, will lean on his coaches and teammates as he has done all throughout the conference.

"I'm just looking forward to the advice of my teammates and coaching staff and trying to pace myself in games because it's gonna be a long series," he said.

The best-of-7 series starts on Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

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