Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone had some headache trying to find ways to stop NorthPort star guard Stanley Pringle, who played his first game in PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday.
Pringle produced 34 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals but lack of support spoiled his debut as the Batang Pier went down in defeat, 104-98, against the Ginebra Kings, who stayed unbeaten in three games.
NorthPort, meanwhile, dropped to oh-and-four although the return of Pringle and Sean Anthony in the rotation provides hope for the Batang Pier in their remaining games.
"Boy, that Pringle is something else," Cone said of the quick, high-scoring Fil-Am who is being called again by national team coach Yng Guiao for another tour of duty in next week's FIBA World Cup Qualifiers against either Iran or Qatar.
"We came in trying to scheme him and we couldn't get anything on our schemes. He was just too quick. When we try to contain him, he was hitting threes. And when we try to get on his shots, he blew by us and got layups against our bigs. And he even put our bigs in foul trouble. Man, he was incredible.
"We talked about two imports during our pregame talk, and he certainly played like one," Cone added.(JT)