BARANGAY Ginebra import Michael Dunigan finally showed flashes of his old self after an unconvincing start to the conference, and the Kings hope he can sustain the form.
After averaging just 14 points (8-of-23 shooting) in his first two games, Dunigan produced 29 points on a 7-of-21 clip from the field as the Kings beat the Beermen for their first win in three games.
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Dunigan’s aggressiveness was particularly evident with his 22 attempts and 15 conversions from the charity stripe after the American reinforcement shot just 12-of-20 from the foul line in his first two outings combined.
And his emergence has often left frontline partner Greg Slaughter free down low as the latter ended up with 18 points, making all but two of his nine shots, and five boards.
The American reinforcement who averaged almost 24 points with Air21 last season struggled in the first two matches, and the Kings appreciate his effort to play as he fought jet lag and food poisoning.
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“Mike’s killing it inside and…that opened up a lot,” Slaughter said. “You got to give him credit for fighting through that and playing. I’m just glad we had that long break for him to get better.”
“I think he got to show more of what he’s going to bring to this team.”
Flamboyant star guard Mark Caguioa echoed Slaughter’s sentiments in a rare post-game press conference appearance.
“You can’t blame him dahil yung pag dating niya, nagkasakit siya. We all think na parang may problema siya. I think it’s part of jetlag, so mahirap talaga yun.
“Ngayon, I think he’s making up for that loss,” Caguioa added.