Stanley Pringle impressed fans during his debut for Gilas Pilipinas, which experienced a smashing lopsided win over Kazakhstan in the 2018 Asian Games being held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The game finished with a score of 96-59, the Philippines leading all the way, using their hot shooting and swarming defense to completely overmatch the Kazakhs. But, while it was a team effort, Pringle had a standout performance.
Thrust into action for Gilas after the infamous Basketbrawl with Australia, Pringle showed what he is capable of. Leading the team in scoring with 18 points, the Fil-Am baller consistently put pressure on the whole defense of Kazakhstan. He finished with a sterling 66.7% conversion rate, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Pringle also finished with 2 steals and 4 rebounds, which point to his activity all over the court. While he only finished with 2 assists, his willingness to penetrate the defense led to great shooting chances for the Philippines.
Many Gilas players played well in this game. Christian Standhardinger finished with 15 points, James Yap turned back the clock with 12 points while also leading the team in minutes at the age of 36, Raymond Almazan finished with 8 rebounds in under 15 minutes, and even "tito" Asi Taulava got in on the action when he splashed a nice three. But no one impressed more than the man from NorthPort Batang Pier.
Imagine Pringle and Jayson Castro, who has long been considered one of the best point guards in Asia, in the same line-up. YBoth are quick in every sense of the word and skilled enough to lead a team. What they lack in height, they make up for in heart, and that's what Gilas is all about.
The Philippines will take on China in their next game on the 21st of August and, while the eyes of Filipino fans will surely be on NBA player Jordan Clarkson, Pringle will undoubtedly put everything out there for Gilas Pilipinas again.