BARANGAY Ginebra needed three extra sessions, but at least it didn’t need half of its twin towers to scrape past Rain or Shine, 100-92, on Friday night to secure a quarterfinal spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Gin Kings prevailed in the absence of Greg Slaughter, who was sidelined yet again, this time due to a sprained ankle he sustained in practice in “literally the last rep of the drill.”
Slaughter, who has been hampered by devastating knee injuries and recently recovered from a strained hamstring a few games back, hinted he could be out of the quarterfinals in the best-of-three series against the E-Painters.
“Sprains like these are for a few weeks, but I'm trying to do everything I can to get back in these quarterfinals hopefully,” the 7-foot slotman said. “If not, God willing we make it out and hopefully I can join them as soon as I can.”
At least the Gin Kings managed to win without him against the E-Painters as frontcourt partner Japeth Aguilar held the fort.
“I’m relieved,” Slaughter said. “We had a lot on the line with this game so we showed a lot of character. We pulled out that win and we're going to play the same team on Monday.”
The 29-year-old cager did want to suit up, but would rather let his injury heal.
“Yeah, but that's all God's plan right now and I'm just going to do my part and try to rejoin the team as soon as I can,” he said.