Barangay Ginebra’s starting center Greg Slaughter could possibly miss the team’s opening game against NLEX on February 12 due to measles.
Coach Tim Cone said they only found out about Slaughter’s condition Thursday morning just before Ginebra played sister team Star at the CCF gym in Ortigas, Pasig.
“Greg has measles. We just found out today so he’ll be out 5 to 7 days but I don’t know if he’ll be available for the first game or two,” Cone broke the bad news to FOX Sports, just moments after Ginebra squeaked past Star, 92-89 on import Othyus Jeffers’ game-winning three-point shot.
With Slaughter more likely out as he recovers from measles, athletic big man Japeth Aguilar will be tasked at manning the slot, with the help of locals Dave Marcelo and Jervy Cruz.
NLEX could pose some front court problems for Ginebra due to the solid inside presence of Asi Taulava, Sean Anthony and Rico Villanueva,
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