SEA Games: Buoyed by crowd support, Pringle and Gilas vow to 'leave it on the floor'

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2019 11:43 AM

SEA Games: Buoyed by crowd support, Pringle and Gilas vow to 'leave it on the floor' 1
Stanley Pringle handles the ball during their match against Singapore in SEA Games men’s basketball held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas guard Stanley Pringle commended the raucous crowd that showed on up Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena to support them in their first game of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

With the crowd cheering them on, the Filipinos hammered Singapore, 110-58, for a fantastic start to their bid for another gold in men's basketball.

"I wouldn't say it's a perfect start, but you know, it was our first time playing together in front of a big crowd," said Pringle, who scored the Philippines' first eight points of the ball game.

"We just tried to come out and focus on our execution and try to give the crowd a good game," he added.

The Ginebra guard said the team "definitely" fed off the energy of the crowd. They got off to a blistering start, dropping 30 points in the first quarter with Pringle accounting for 11 of them. He finished with 14 points, and every Gilas player got their moment to shine.

Pringle said they want to keep giving the Philippine crowd something to cheer for.

"We had a packed stadium tonight, so we just wanted to play as hard as we can, focus on execution and give back to the crowd," he said.

That will continue to be their focus as the competition progresses. Gilas returns to action on Friday against a dangerous Vietnam team.

"We're just trying to play as hard as we can for the country, represent the country, the motherland. We're gonna leave it out on the floor, that's what we can focus on," said Pringle.

"We're all focused on our goal, and that's execute and play as hard as we can, play as a team, leave it on the floor. Other than that, we don't have nothing to do with anything else."

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