BPC frontrunner Stanley Pringle plays down praise for bubble performance

Published January 14, 2021, 2:40 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Winning the BPC will give Stanley Pringle his biggest individual accomplishment since entering the league as the top pick of the 2014 Draft.

Consistency was one of the main reasons why Stanley Pringle is being considered for the coveted Best Player of the Conference which will be given in the virtual PBA Awards Night on Sunday.

While flattered to be nominated as one of six candidates for the award, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard insists that there were times that he wasn’t as consistent as many thought during the PBA Philippine Cup bubble which saw the Kings reign supreme.

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“I think I even had some games that I was up and down,” Pringle said during an interview with One Sports’ The Game. “Even if people say you’re consistent, I think at the end of the day I had times when the ball’s not going in the rim.”

Pringle averaged 18.5 points on 44-percent shooting with 5.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals in 22 games, helping the Kings claim the All-Filipino title for the first time since 2007.

He had nine 20-point games including a season-high 34 in Ginebra’s win over TNT in Game 2 of the Philippine Cup, and scored less than double figures just twice during the bubble.

The 33-year-old also carried much of the load for Ginebra in the early goings when LA Tenorio played despite coming off appendectomy and Japeth Aguilar struggling after arriving late in the bubble.

“I think just taking care of your body and always getting your rhythm, whether it’s mentally or physically, getting your reps in and trying to perfect your craft and do what you can do to help the team win, I think that’s the main focus,” said Pringle.

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Winning the BPC will give Pringle his biggest individual accomplishment since entering the league as the top pick of the 2014 Draft.

Pringle came close to taking the PBA Most Valuable Player in 2018 when he placed second behind San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo.

“I’m always gonna appreciate any award or any recognition for an award. But at the end of the day, I wanna put my focus on helping the team win,” he said.