San Miguel’s lock-down defender Ronald Tubid swears he had no intention to hurt GlobalPort’s shifty Fil-Am guard Stanley Pringle during the Beermen’s 120-109 triumph Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Tubid felt the former PBA Rookie of the Year may have stepped on his foot, just as he was trying to go for a layup off a baseline drive.
“Nauna ako eh, na-feel ko nakatapak siya sa paa ko, eh sabi ko, ‘Naku, I don’t have any intention na tirahin siya or sahurin siya’,” the 34-year-old Tubid told FOX Sports after the game.
Television replay saw Pringle drop on the floor and grimacing in pain as he held on to his right ankle. Moments later, the bearded GlobalPort playmaker stood up on one foot and went tip-toeing back to the team’s bench as the Batang Pier’s medical team attended on him.
Before the end of the game, Pringle left the playing venue and went straight to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City to undergo an X-ray check on his ankle.
The 6-foot-1 Tubid explained that Pringle is a much-tougher player to defend because of his many moves to the basket.
“I think mahirap (bantayan) si Romeo para sa akin, pero mas mahirap siya (Pringle). Sobrang explosive kaya pinapanuod ko yung galaw niya,” shared Shell’s 16th overall pick in the 2003 PBA Draft.
Meantime, GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan bared the good news that Pringle’s X-ray results show no fracture or broken bone on his right ankle.
“Thank you for all the prayers @GlobalportPH for Stanley Pringle! X-Ray result NO FRACTURE OR DISLOCATION!!!#DoNotFearOnlyBelieve,” Tan posted in his official Twitter account “bonnie_t_tan on Saturday morning. — By Richard Dy