MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra has yet to release a timetable for Stanley Pringle even as the injured star already missed two games in the PBA Governors’ Cup due to knee issues.
Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone said the team has yet to find out the gravity of Pringle’s injury since the veteran’s lone appearance in an 80-77 win over Alaska in their conference debut.
“We’re getting different opinions, so we still do not know how long he is going to be out, what his timetable is,” Cone said.
Fortunately for Ginebra, it remained unbeaten in three games even without the former Best Player of the Conference.
The Gin Kings coasted to a 26-point romp of NorthPort on Friday, December 17, for their second straight win, and on Sunday, December 19, eked out a 125-121 overtime win over Phoenix to seize solo second place in the standings.
“Not having him in the lineup and being able to win these last two games is really quite satisfying,” Cone said.
Several young cogs stepped up in the absence of Pringle, particularly Arvin Tolentino, who broke his career-high in points twice over the last two games.
Chalking up just 5 points in their conference opener, Tolentino netted a career-high 16 points against the Batang Pier.
Tolentino reset that mark after posting 20 points against the Fuel Masters, including a clutch three-pointer in overtime that helped Ginebra steal the win.
“We just feel fortunate that we came out on top. But I think in the long run, this is going to help our team toughen up mentally, having to play games like this,” Cone said. – Rappler.com