IT’S just two games into the PBA Philippine Cup, but Greg Slaughter believes Barangay Ginebra’s fast start had a lot to do with the lessons the team learned during a struggling preseason campaign.
The Kings had a less-than-stellar preseason performance losing one game after the other. They first bowed against Barako Bull followed by an upset of Davao’s Goldstar team in a pocket tournament in the Visayas.
They later dropped a game against the visiting Changwon LG Sakers and followed this with another defeat at the hands of an undersized Meralco side.
But through all the disappointments, the the 6-foot-11 sophomore big man said the Kings became closer and wiser as they slowly develop the “killer” mindset this season.
“We had a rough preseason, but I think that’s good for us,” Slaughter told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
“We learned a lot of lessons there. And by traveling together in our trips to Leyte and Cebu, I think that brought us together, while we had a better understanding of one another as well.”
Last season’s Rookie of the Year admitted that entering the game against KIA Motors last Saturday in the first road game this season in Lucena City, the Kings wouldn’t want to commit the same mistake they did in a 71-73 beating at the hands of the Sorentos during the preseason.
“Definitely, you don’t want to commit the same mistake twice that’s why we took the game seriously and we were able to play great defense against KIA,” explained the 26-year-old slotman out of Ateneo.
Ginebra, which had problems taking care of the basketball early on, unleashed a crippling 22-2 run late in the first half before coasting to an easy 87-55 victory over the expansion franchise.
The 32-point rout was a fitting follow-up to the team’s 101-81 season-opening day victory over powerhouse Talk ‘N Text before more than 52,000 fans at the brand-new Philippine Arena in Bulacan on October 19.