Marc Pingris is biding his time and taking it slowly before returning to action for Purefoods Star. Not even the injury to sophomore forward Ian Sangalang would shorten his vacation plan in order to help his team’s campaign right after a successful four-peat and a historic grand slam last season.
“Magpapahinga pa rin ako,” Pingris told Tiebreaker Times. “Yun ang gusto ni Coach (Tim Cone).”
Pingris was on street clothes during the Hotshots’ first game of the 40th season.
In the third period, Sangalang battled Sam Eman during a rebound play and the lefty forward from Pampanga fell awkwardly and hurt his knee upon landing. Sangalang’s teammates rushed to the floor to help him out and although he was able to walk on and take his free throws, he was subbed out and never returned.
James Yap, the team’s most bankable player, said the team’s resolved will be tested with Pingris and Sangalang not playing for the squad.
“Kailangan lahat mag-step up. Dito mati-test ang character ng team,” said Yap, who finished with 16 points in the team’s losing cause.
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