TWENTY-seven years ago, Allan "The Triggerman" Caidic established the all-time single-game high individual score of 79 points -- including a record 17 triples -- in Presto Tivol’s 162-149 win over Ginebra San Miguel at the ULTRA on Nov. 21, 1991.
The year before, Paul “Mr. Excitement” Alvarez electrified basketball fans with 71 points on 31 two-point shots made in Alaska Milk’s 169-138 win over Formula Shell on April 26, 1990.
Three-time PBA MVP William “Bogs” Adornado once scored 64 points for U-Tex. The late Danny Florencio and Abe King both had 60 points. Ricardo “The Quick Brown Fox” Brown had 56 points for Great Taste.
Jun “The Rifleman” Papa outgunned them all with 51 points for Mariwasa in the PBA’s inaugural season in 1975.
And after all of them are done, Fil-Tongan Asi Taulava arrived and threw his weight around with 51 points in Talk N Text’s 131-105 win over Purefoods on May 16, 2004.
Extraordinary achievements all.
And, almost without question, they have been immortalized in the basketball record books as modern-day heroes who provide inspiration for generations of future stars.
The PBA, Asia's first play-for-pay league, is filled with these heroes.
Enter Stanley Pringle.
Pringle, the top overall pick by Globalport Batang Pier in the 2014 PBA Draft, became the first local player in 14 years to score 50 points since Taulava did it back in 2004.
The 31-year-old shooting guard from San Diego, California did it in leading the Batang Pier to an all-important 133-115 win over Columbia Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Araneta Coliseum last Friday.
As expected, Pringle did it in style.
The Fil-Am slasher went 18-of-30 from the field, including 9-of-16 from the three-point range, for a high 60 percent shooting in 40 minutes of play enroute to his career high.
He scored in double figures in each of the four quarters on the way to the new season-high mark that also stands as a franchise best for the Batang Pier.
Fittingly, Pringle capped his perfect night with an empathic dunk off a steal with 50.9 seconds left to play.
“I honestly don't care about 50 points. I’d rather try to win it and get into the playoffs, and do something (in the playoffs)," said the 6-1 Pringle, who also finished with six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
After he got to 48, his team wanted him to go for 50.
“(Globalport) coach Pido Jarencio and my teammates prodded me to go for the scoring record. Coach didn’t want to get me out.Go get two more points,” recalled Pringle, a four-time PBA All Star from 2015-18.
“Last time I scored 50 I think I was in junior high, long time ago. I was like in 7th grade so it's been a while,” said Pringle, the starting point guard of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach for four years before moving to the Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida under coach Bobby Bowman.
“But in the PBA, you play so many games so eventually somebody is gonna score a lot of points,” added Pringle, who also played for the Leuven Bears in Belgium, Siarka Tarnobrzeg in Poland and Dnipro Azot in Ukraine.
Before his 50-point outburst, Pringle’s previous career-high in the PBA was the 33 points he scored in Globalport's loss to NLEX on Christmas Day at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan during the Philippine Cup.
Expectedly, the happiest people for Pringle were Globalport team owner Mikee Romero, team manager Bonnie Tan and Jarencio.
“50 points for my favorite player. The most scored by a Filipino in the last 14 years. Stan MY MAN Pringle!,” Romero posted in his Facebook account.
“Stan my Man. 50Pts! #DoNotFearOnlyBelieve,” wrote Tan in his own FB page.
“Tonight is Stanley’s show.It's all about Stanley,” Jarencio told sportswriters.
“Parang ako lang nung college,” the former University of Santo Tomas player-coach later added in jest.
At 5-5, Pringle and the Batang Pier are headed for more exciting games in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Can Pringle break his own 50-point record in the PBA?
Maybe so. Nobody can tell for now.
But we all know records are made to be broken.
NOTES -- Congratulations to Adrian Apolonia and Dianalyn Doncillo, who exchanged wedding vows last June 23 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Kamuning, Quezon City. Reception was held at Max’s Restaurant along Sct. Tuazon St. Dianalyn is the daughter of E. Rodriguez Jr. High School batchmate Roland Doncillo.