Pringle to put on show in first PBA All-Star appearance

MANILA, Philippines – Top rookie Stanley Pringle is planning to give fans entertainment and “showtime” for their money’s worth when he sees action in the 2015 PBA All-Star Weekend at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The Globalport guard will be all over the All-Star weekend as he will be participating in the Rookies vs Sophomores game, the Obstacle Challenge, and the All-Star Game.

Pringle is part of a powerhouse South All-Stars cast that includes James Yap, Greg Slaughter, June Mar Fajardo, Asi Taulava, and the retired Jimmy Alapag. Though Fajardo is reportedly out of the game due to a severe ankle sprain.

They will be going up against the North All-Stars, whose starters are composed of Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, and Justin Melton. 

Ginebra star Mark Caguioa was also voted as a starter but he will reportedly will skip the game owing to a hip injury he sustained in their last game.

With such a talented and huge South lineup, Pringle is expecting nothing less than high-octane, entertaining basketball.

“We’re gonna make some entertainment. We’re gonna push the ball, and it’ll be showtime,” he said, adding that it is also his first time in Palawan.

Pringle, who was this seasons’s first overall draft pick, will also be playing against teammate Terrence Romeo in both the Rookies vs Sophomores game and the main event.

“We’re just gonna have fun,” said Pringle, who admitted he and Romeo have not spoken about being on opposing teams this weekend.

“We’ve been banged up so we’ll try to have as much fun as we can, try to get the fans some entertainment.”

The 27-year old Filipino-American has been averaging close to 50% field goal shooting in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, while Romeo has been red-hot from downtown with a 42% three-point shooting clip. Romeo also has not had a single-digit outing in 8 games in this conference, norming 22 points a game.

Is Pringle looking forward to guarding his lethal teammate?

“Definitely. We practice against each other one on one every day. We play against each other all the time.”

For the Obstacle Challenge, Pringle will be up against defending champion Mark Barroca as well as guys like Jonas Villanueva, Jayson Castro and LA Tenorio. Fellow rookies Brian Heruela, Chris Banchero, and LA Revilla will also participate. 

Pringle, however, is nursing an ankle injury but assures he will be ready to compete by the weekend.

“I’m gonna try to go for it [Obstacle Challenge title], it depends on how my ankle is feeling. But I think I’ll be good by then.”

The PBA All-Star Weekend is from March 6 to 8, with the Rookies vs Sophomores game along with the Obstacle Challenge, Three-point Shootout, and Slam Dunk Contest happening on Friday, March 6.

The All-Star Game featuring the North and South All-Star teams will be played on Sunday, March 8. Respected player and 11-time All-Star Alapag will also retire his jersey on Sunday. – Rappler.com