THE heartbreaking Ginebra loss to Barako Bull spoiled Greg Slaughter’s career game in the PBA.
Slaughter registered monster numbers of 27 points and 26 rebounds – a career high – which were put to naught after the Kings squandered a huge 21-point lead and lost, 82-79, on Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The previous high in rebounds of the big man out of Ateneo was 21.
The setback was so stinging for the 6-11 Slaughter that he politely turned down interview requests shortly after the Kings absorbed a second straight loss in the Smartbro PBA Philippine Cup.
“Maybe next time,” he said as he walked out of the dugout.
Told about his first career 20-20 as a pro, he curtly replied, “those are just numbers,” before excusing himself on the way out of the playing venue.
It was the second remarkable performance for the former Rookie of the Year, who came away with 28 points and 16 rebounds in the Kings’ debut loss against Star Hotshots last week.
Assistant coach Olsen Racela acknowledged Slaughter has been the only consistent player for the Kings early in their All-Filipino Cup campaign.
“Si Greg lang ang magandang nilalaro sa amin. I think we have to get contributions from everybody,” he said.