JUNE Mar Fajardo has already won two championships this PBA season and is on track for two record-cementing feats: a sixth Best Player of the Conference award and a fourth straight MVP plum.
But 'you can’t have it all' seems to be the message Greg Slaughter is sending his longtime Cebuano rival and the rest of San Miguel Beer as Barangay Ginebra takes on SMB in the Governors’ Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Asked if he doesn’t mind denying the Beermen a grand slam this season, Slaughter even embraced the task at hand as the twice-to-beat Gin Kings try to finish off the Beermen in their battle that tips off at 7 p.m.
“No (I don’t mind), absolutely not,” Slaughter said after practice on Tuesday. “I’d actually love to deny them the grand slam.”
But Slaughter again played down his second matchup against Fajardo this conference, knowing the Gin Kings also have to worry about Chris Ross, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter, not to mention import Terrence Watson.
“It’s not just the individual showdown,” Slaughter said. “I think you could see last game and every game they play that they have a lot of weapons and a lot of leaders, and they’re just a very deadly team.”
So expect Slaughter and the rest of the third-seeded Gin Kings to bring their A-game.
“The only luxury in that is we have to win once, and hopefully we win the first one, because we don’t want to see San Miguel Beer in a do-or-die game, especially after blowing a twice-to-beat advantage,” the 7-foot slotman said.
“I don’t want to say it’s good we’re seeing them this early, cause everything has its pros and cons,” he added. “But either way, I had a feeling we would have to go through them in order to get to where we want to be. It just so happened we got them in the first round.”
“Like our coaches are saying, if you want to win the championship, you just got to be ready to face whoever whenever,” he concluded.