BARANGAY Ginebra’s sheer size completely overwhelmed expansion team KIA Motors to post a rousing 87-55 win and grab the early lead in the kickoff leg of the Petron Blaze-PBA Philippine Cup road game on Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.
Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar took turns punishing the undersized Sorento with their inside dominance as the Kings booked their second straight victory in the All-Filipino conference.
The 6-foot-11 Slaughter and Aguilar combined for 23 points in the first half alone, to lead Ginebra’s vicious 22-2 second quarter tear that turned a shaky one-point deficit into a 45-22 halftime edge in the blink of an eye.
The Kings kept their frenetic pace and fluid ball movement in the second hand en route to handing the Sorento their first defeat of the season.
KIA, which suited up without playing-coach Manny Pacquiao, opened its campaign with a come-from-behind 80-66 rout of fellow expansion squad Blackwater last week.
The 35-year-old Pacquiao is currently busy in training camp for his coming welterweight title defense against American Chris Algieri.
Slaughter led the Kings with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while going 12-of-13 from the foul line.
The high-leaping Aguilar also had 16 markers, while JR Reyes came off the bench to score 12, with Chris Ellis chipping in 10.
Rudy Lingganay and former Ginebra backup forward Reil Cervantes led the Sorentos with 14 points, apiece.
GINEBRA (87) -- Slaughter 16, Aguilar 16, Reyes 12, Ellis 10, Yeo 9, Mamaril 7, Tenorio 6, Caguioa 4, Helterbrand 3, Forrester 2, Baracael 2, Monfort 0, Ababou 0, Brondial 0.
KIA (55) – Lingganay 14, Cervantes 14, Revilla 7, Alvarez 6, Alonzo 3, Raymundo 3, Thiele 2, Ighalo 2, Padilla 2, Buensuceso 2, Saldua 0, Sanga 0, Burtscher 0.
Quarterscores: 17-11; 43-22; 67-42; 87-55.