Pingris on facing NBA players during Gilas stint: I never backed down

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FILE –MARC Pingris eludes Croatian standout Bojan Bogdanovic (left) for a followup of a miss by Gabe Norwood (right) during Saturday’s audacious losing stand by Gilas Pilipinas in Seville, Spain. FIBA.COM

MANILA, Philippines—Marc Pingris was never the one to back down from any challenge and he’s shown it both in the PBA and in international competitions including those that pitted him against NBA players.

The 6-foot-5 power forward always wore his heart on his sleeve and it showed on the floor in his many games on the international stage with Gilas Pilipinas.

Be it against Hammed Hadadi, Boris Diaw, Andrés Nocioni, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Luis Scola, Pingris made sure to bring the fight.

He said that he was always a person to never cower and his attitude towards international players was even amplified when Jimmy Alapag…

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