JAPETH Aguilar believes he and rookie big man Greg Slaughter will complement each other this season in what could be a potentially fearsome 'Twin Tower' combination for Barangay Ginebra.
The two showed right away the chemistry between them as their defensive effort inside led the Kings to a rousing 86-69 win over San Mig Coffee Mixers in the opener of the PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-9 Aguilar finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while adding a game-high five blocks shots in engineering the Kings’ second half rampage en route to the 17-point victory.
On the other hand, the 6-foot-11 Slaughter was an intimidating presence inside and registered a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes of play to highlight his PBA debut.
“Mas lalo akong nakaka-pressure (on defense) kasi alam ko may help (defense) ako. At` yung help ko, sobrang haba,” noted Aguilar, referring to Slaughter’s long arms that contributed to two block shots in his personal stats.
“Kaya kahit ma-beat ako (on defense), alam ko may aabang. Kahit tumayo lang si Greg dun, put his hands up, malaking bagay na `yun, I’ll just rotate to his (Slaughter) man,” he added.
Despite the big opening-day victory, Aguilar said the team will have to keep working on both its offense and defense in order to keep its focus on achieving its goal of winning a championship this season.
“Naka-adjust kami nung second half, and I’m very happy on how the team fought, the aggressiveness and effort,” he added of the game against the Mixers.
For Slaughter, he was just too happy to have contributed on the defensive end, knowing the Kings have an armada of scorers who can lit the basket anytime.
“It (his first game) was alright. I’m more happy we got the win because we got together at halftime but our defense pulled through in the second half,” said Slaughter, this year’s no. 1 rookie pick.