BARANGAY Ginebra now a better feel of the triangle offense and it showed in the way it dealt GlobalPort a 124-108 beating in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Returning big man Greg Slaughter was the biggest beneficiary of the return to coach Tim Cone’s pet system as he finished with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding eight rebounds in the team’s first win in the season-ending meet.
The 6-11 center recalled that only a few of the current players were with the Kings when Cone first came on board and tried to apply the offense.
It never worked at first as the Kings bombed out in the first two conferences under the two-time grand slam coach.
But now it’s a lot different.
“We’re applying that old classic that we have ( in the past) and we run it a lot better now,” said Slaughter.
Cone’s return to basics allowed him to momentarily scrap the Kings’ small ball offense previously anchored on the guard trio of Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio, and Sol Mercado.
In their place was the towering lineup of Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, and import Justine Brownlee
“Well, height is might,” said Slaughter. “I feel really good about that lineup out there. I think we were’ able to impose our will on them.”
However, Slaughter said Ginebra remains a work in progress.
“We still have to figure out our chemistry,” he stressed. “We’ve still got to find our chemistry and make it work.”