FOLLOWING his much-awaited clash with Greg Slaughter, Alaska center Sonny Thoss had the chance to compare Barangay Ginebra’s rookie center with Petron slotman June Mar Fajardo.
And there's no question in his mind who is better between the two big men at this point in their careers.
“They (Fajardo and Slaughter) are both huge, big presence inside, but June Mar has a little more moves, I guess," Thoss said shortly after the Aces fell to the Gin Kings, 89-96 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"He’s more aggressive, while Greg maximizes his height and stands right there, throw him the lob for easy buckets,” Thoss added.
Slaughter played with a lot of confidence against Thoss, finishing the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as Ginebra hiked its record to 7-1 (win-loss).
However, Thoss, who gives up four inches to the 6-11 Slaughter, more than held his own against the rookie. He scored 20 points as he used his experience to go around the Ginebra big man while occasionally popping jumpers to draw Slaughter out of the paint.
Thoss may give the edge to Fajardo at this time, but he was the first to admit that Ginebra's Twin Towers are an altogether different matter.
Slaughter got the help he needed inside from frontcourt partner Japeth Aguilar who came away with 21 points, 14 during Ginebra’s crucial third-quarter tear to turn a nine-point deficit into a 68-65 lead.
“They’re tough. You go to one guy, there’s another guy waiting for you. You go to the other guy, there’s another one waiting. But it’s another lesson to learn and an opportunity to grow,” he added.