NOT even fever and heavy traffic could stop Greg Slaughter and Vince Hizon from playing in Hoops for a Cause, a charity game featuring past and present PBA stars on Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Slaughter has been sick for the last two days.
“I just got a fever, but we were playing for a good cause and the opportunity to play with legends (was hard to miss),” the Ginebra slotman said.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone praised Slaughter, as well as teammate Chris Ellis, for their professionalism.
“Give Greg a lot of credit,” the American mentor said. “He really shouldn’t have played tonight. Also Chris was bothered by a shoulder injury. We took those guys out as quickly as possible.”
“They wanted to show their support, but we made sure they didn’t play too long,” he added.
Hizon, on the other hand, was caught in the heavy Friday traffic, reason why he arrived at halftime.
“I apologize,” the former Ginebra star said. “I told them I was going to be late. I didn’t know I was going to be that late. But I wanted to make sure I got here because I know it’s for a special cause.”
The game was for the benefit of former Alaska player Rhoel Gomez’s daughter Rizzini, who’s in a bout with lung cancer, as well as ailing Samboy Lim and Roger Yap, whose ancestral home in Cebu was caught in a fire.
Hizon, though, was the last player on the court after he obliged to every photo request from the fans.
“I’m hoping I didn’t disappoint them.”