IT’S another Ginebra loss against its most bitter rival, but Greg Slaughter stressed there's no need to worry.
No need to push the panic button.
“It’s gonna be a process. I don’t want to make excuses but that’s a tough first game coming in,” said Slaughter just minutes after the Kings suffered an 78-86 setback at the hands of the Star Hotshots on Sunday right in the team’s first game in the Smartbro PBA Philippine Cup.
The Ginebra big man was one the few bright spots in a game where Ginebra trailed the Hotshots by as many as 44-13. Slaughter had a game-high 28 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and had four assists in 39 minutes of play under new coach Tim Cone.
Japeth Aguilar – the other half of Ginebra’s Twin Towers along with Slaughter – was the only other player in double figures for the team with 26 and also with 16 rebounds.
Notwithstanding the bad start, Slaughter said the Kings will stay patient learning and understanding the time-tested triangle offense under the 57-year-old Cone.
“We just have to trust the system. It’s our first game, nothing comes right away,” said the seven-foot Slaughter from Ateneo.
“We just got to stay focused and dedicate (ourselves) to getting better everyday.”
The good thing, according to Slaughter, was Ginebra managed to show the kind of team it could be with Cone around after it rallied in the second half and cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter.
“I felt we found our little confidence and rhythm in the second half,” said the former top rookie pick. “We’ll just take it and learn our lesson.”