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    After a pair of blowouts, Slaughter braces for war in Game Three

    Apr 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    GREG Slaughter doesn’t see a blowout game when Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia square off in sudden death for a place in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.

    The Hotshots’ 106-77 rout of the Kings in Game Two of their best-of-three series on Monday night paved the way for the winner-take-all match on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “Elimination game for both teams. So just looking at that, expect 100 percent effort from both teams and everyone’s A-game to come out,” said Slaughter, adding he is looking forward to the win-or-go-home encounter.

    Unlike in the Kings’ runaway 86-75 win in the series opener on Saturday, Slaughter and frontcourt partner Japeth Aguilar failed to impose their presence in the middle.

    Slaughter’s numbers were down from a double-double in Game One to just five points and six rebounds the next, while Aguilar was held to just five and seven boards.

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      The former Rookie of the Year said the Kings' failure to hit their outside shots made life difficult for Ginebra's Twin Towers to dominate in the middle.

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      “We must be able to hit some outside shots and open things up in the lane,” said Slaughter. “We just got to get more of our teammates involved, try to set some people up, get some outside shots going so we could open up the inside.

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      "And just come up with more intensity,” he added.

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