GINEBRA big man Greg Slaughter echoed coach Jeffrey Cariaso’s sentiments about their failure to quickly grasp the triangle offense, and even noted that pressure situations reveal that the team loaded with individual talent remains disjointed.
“When the pressure comes, we rely on our talent rather than stick with the team,” said Slaughter.
The young big man admitted that the Gin Kings have yet to fully understand their roles in two conferences under rookie coach Jeffrey Cariaso.
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Slaughter feels that for a team that is loaded in all positions and boasts of the tallest frontline in the league, another early playoff exit is unacceptable.
The Gin Kings played horrible in their knockout quarterfinal match, bowing to talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters on Tuesday, 83-67 before a shocked pro-Ginebra crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I don't know. I think we don't know what our identity is as a team,” rued Slaughter.
“I don't think we established our roles on the squad.”
With Talk ’N Text applying pressure on both ends of the floor for 48 minutes, Ginebra fell into a maze of turnovers, particularly in the fourth quarter, allowing the Texters to control the game.
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Slaughter scored just eight points, the first time he failed to score in double-figures this season as he struggled from the field after shooting just 3-of-12 in the game.
The 6-foot-11 big man also finished with just three rebounds, his lowest output off the glass this season.