Brgy. Ginebra will need all the backcourt help it can get after leading scorer Stanley Pringle was ruled out for the rest of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup.
The 34-year old Fil-Am recently underwent surgery on the meniscus of his left knee and will be unavailable for at least three months.
The Gin Kings, however, got a much needed boost after former Meralco guard and unrestricted free agent John Pinto agreed to a three-year deal with the defending champions.
The arrival of the former Arellano University standout couldn’t have come at a better time as Pringle’s temporary departure left Kent Salado as chief playmaker LA Tenorio’s only reliever.
Coach Tim Coach admitted that Pinto is definitely a major acquisition especially at this point in time.
“We wanted to provide depth to our guard position because of Stanley’s absence,” explained Cone. “We like him because he brings a lot of toughness and experience to the position.”
Pinto saw action in 2 games for the Bolts in the ongoing conference and averaged 9.0 points, 5.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steal. During the 2021 Philippine Cup, he submitted 19-game averages of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.