Young slotman Greg Slaughter cited the team’s good ball movement and solid defensive effort as reasons for Barangay Ginebra’s 3-game winning streak in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Kings were all business from the get-go Wednesday night, speeding off to a 29-16 lead in the opening frame and sustaining it all the way to an easy 104-86 demolition of the Mahindra Enforcers before a jampacked crowd at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
The stats summarized the story of Ginebra’s dominance against a Mahindra side that claimed San Miguel Beer, GlobalPort and NLEX as its victims during its 1st 4 games in the import-spiced conference.
With the Kings’ “Twin Towers” Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar leading the way, Ginebra controlled the boards, 58-39.
The league’s top crowd drawer also enjoyed a one-sided 48-22 and had more assists, 26-16.
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy but we were able to put in the effort defensively plus we were sharing the ball real well and executing,” Slaughter told FOX Sports after the game.
The 6-foot-11 former PBA Rookie of the Year and Aguilar also used their length and size to contain Mahindra’s import Augustus Gilchrist, who was held down to just 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor.
“Coach Tim tasked us to defend these imports, but the good thing is the team is there helping us because it’s not just 1-on-1,” added the the 27-year-old Ginebra slotman, who accidentally got hit at the right eye by Aguilar’s elbow during the first quarter.
Currently tied with their victims at 4th to 5th spots in the standings with their 3-2 record, Ginebra takes a weeklong respite, before returning to action next Wednesday against Philippine Cup runner-up Alaska at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. – By Richard Dy
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