They may have the offensive arsenal to compete but without a decent defensive wall, GlobalPort are bound to sink.
That’s how Batang Pier explosive guard Stanley Pringle aired his sentiment as he pinpoints defensive breakdown as the culprit in their latest loss to NLEX, 114-98, on Friday that put them on the brink of eliminations.
Cruising in the first half, the Batang Pier saw their 8-point lead vanished in thin air as NLEX import Henry Walker waxed hot for 13 of his 35 points in the third quarter to take the lead. The Road Warriors didn’t look back from there on.
“It all comes down to defense, definitely,” said Pringle. “We’re scoring the ball but we can’t let up good scorer like Henry Walker in the third quarter, we cant afford it.”
Though backcourt partner Terrence Romeo and import Mike Glover are putting up their usual numbers, the 2014 first round pick lamented that their back-to-back losses were product of their inability to limit their opponents.
True enough, before their 16-point blowout to the Road Warriors, the Batang Pier allowed the Aces on Wednesday to score season-high 133 points in their loss.
“When I look at it, this game and Alaska, we gotta be more just really defensive-minded about everything,” said the Fil-Am combo guard.
With now a slim chance to make it in the top eight with a 3-7 record, Pringle just wished they can address their defensive woes against Blackwater on Wednesday.
“Honestly, I don’t look at it game by game. I don’t know if we’re out or anything but as far as this game is concerned, (it’s) in defense we messed up,” he closed before heading to the venue’s parking lot. – By Jason Mercene
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