SEA Games: Why June Mar, Pringle didn’t play vs. Myanmar

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2019 11:05 PM

Gilas Pilipinas coasted to a comfortable win against Myanmar without June Mar Fajardo and Stanley Pringle. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tim Cone assured that both June Mar Fajardo and Stanley Pringle are free of major injuries, after both players sat out their 69-point demolition of Myanmar in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.

One day after Fajardo had a 23-12 double-double in 15 minutes, and Pringle put up 11 points in 18 minutes, both players were given the night off by Cone.

Gilas Pilipinas barely missed a step, riding a 45-point second quarter en route to a 136-67 victory.

"There's no injury, no injury factor at all," Cone said after the win that gave the hosts a 3-0 sweep of Group A.

Fajardo, however, "is really worn out," and the coaching staff wanted to give Pringle a break to rest his knees.

"We decided to just give him a rest, get him ready for the semifinals. And the same for June Mar. You saw June Mar's effort against Vietnam last night, and we felt he needed a day of rest," Cone said.

"We wanna get him ready for the semifinals. So there's no injury involved."

Fajardo is averaging a shade over 15 minutes, and Pringle just about 18, in their first two games. Cone has been true to his word regarding the distribution of minutes for Gilas, with no player needing to be on the court for more than 30 minutes.

Both Fajardo and Pringle are set to return on Monday when Gilas plays Indonesia in the semifinals.

"We're gonna go out and show our wares out on Monday. We're not gonna hold anything back," Cone vowed.

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