Filipino-American guard Stanley Pringle is thrilled to finally have gotten the opportunity to represent the Philippines in an international competition, as Gilas Pilipinas closed their 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup campaign with a 2-2 record.
“it was a great experience,” enthused Pringle. “Like I said, I expected the crowd to show the crazy support like they did. It was almost sold-out. I pictured it, but it’s a whole different thing when you actually get to play for the country and put the jersey on. So it was overwhelming.”
The last time the Pringle played in an international competition was back in 2013, where he helped club team Indonesia Warriors capture the regional ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Championship as their heritage import. He has since remained in the Philippines, playing for GlobalPort in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
While the 31-year-old guard isn’t eligible to play as a local for the Philippine National team in a five-on-five setting, FIBA’s 3X3 rules allow any player with a passport to suit up. That allowed both Pringle and Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger, who has serves as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player, to both play in the world cup tournament.
The Filipino squad won against Brazil 15-7 in their first match, but dropped a nail-biter to 3X3 powerhouse Mongolia in their second match. They were able to go out with a win in their final match against Russia after dropping a close one to Canada earlier in the day, finishing the tournament with an even two wins and two losses.
“It was a great experience. Good thing we got to win the last game for the crowd, just showing us all the support. But it was a good experience. We had a little more than a month, so we’re more than proud of what we did.”
The 3X3 competition seems to really suit the strengths of Pringle, and admits that he enjoys playing with this select group of players which includes Standharinger, forward Troy Rosario, and guard Roger Ray Pogoy.
“Honestly, playing with these guys, we complement each other so well,” Pringle continued to share. “They space the floor, and you know, when I penetrate, if anybody tries to help, boom. Pass to Troy. Pass to Pogoy. Christian is a bully inside. It was really the team effort. Man, we just complement each other really well.”
As far as suiting up for another run in future 3X3 competitions, Pringle said they are looking forward to the next one.
“Yeah, definitely. If they need me to play, give me a call, I’m here.”