IF you can’t beat them, play like them.
Greg Slaughter hopes Barangay Ginebra would basically play the way Rain or Shine does especially after the Elasto Painters dealt the Gin Kings a 94-86 defeat on Sunday in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.
The Elasto Painters stuck to what they do best – employing a physical defense that leads to transition as well as half-court offense from all around– to snap the Gin Kings’ three-game winning streak.
And that’s what Slaughter hopes the Gin Kings would imitate.
“Rain or Shine, what they do, they're really good at it,” the star center said. “They executed really well, hustled really well, and they play really well as a team and move the ball well. That's what we need to be.”
RoS, despite their height disadvantage, outrebounded the Gin Kings, 42-39, and dished out 19 assists, two more than their opponents.
Slaughter still posted relatively his usual numbers of 19 points on 50-percent shooting and eight boards in 34 minutes, but admitted he had to go out of his comfort zone on defense to defend the Painters’ stretch big men in Beau Belga and JR Quiñahan.
“It was tough sometimes having to come out on the bigs, Belga and Quiñahan, they shoot outside,” the 7-foot Slaughter said of the famed Extra Rice Inc., who, however, missed all their seven treys combined.
Slaughter, though, remained upbeat even as his team fell to an even 4-4 win-loss slate.
“We can always be better,” the Filipino-American slotman said. “We're just halfway through the season, so we look forward to the next game, try to pick up another win, and just keep on getting better and better as a team.”