TOP rookie pick Greg Slaughter looks to build on his impressive pro debut when Barangay Ginebra goes up against league-leading Rain or Shine as action in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Fired up by more than 20,000 cheering fans during last weekend’s season-opener, the 6-foot-11 center out of Ateneo responded with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, while adding two blocks to help Ginebra score a resounding 86-69 win over San Mig Super Coffee.
Slaughter and the Gin Kings will be up against a tough E-Painters (2-0) side when they collide at 5:15 p.m.
Slaughter’s frontline partner Japeth Aguilar came up with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and
But Rain or Shine’s burly slotman Beau Belga said they are not intimidated in any way by Ginebra and its fans and he is confident their prized recruit Raymond Almazan will be motivated to bounce back after a lackluster debut on Friday.
“Kahit na anong challenge dumating sa amin, ite-take lang namin. Di kami puwede mag-backdown saka contender or hindi contender, kailangan lang maglaro,” said the 6’5” Belga, who earned Best Player of the Game honors after leading Rain or Shine to its second straight win, 94-89, over Meralco.
The 6’7” Almazan was limited to 14 foul-plagued minutes, going scoreless and registering just two rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Bolts, while still adjusting to PBA’s brand of play.