BIG man Greg Slaughter feels he’s slowly but surely making progress in his return from injury as he tries to contribute to Ginebra’s PBA Governors Cup campaign under new coach Frankie Lim.
Statistically, the 6-foot-11 sophomore center is still groping for form as gleaned from his 3-of-9 shooting from the floor in the Kings’ thrilling 111-108 overtime win over GlobalPort on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
He was worse in his first game back, finishing with just six points on a woeful 3-of-12 shooting as he was completely outplayed by old rival June Mar Fajardo in Ginebra’s 100-85 loss to sister-team San Miguel on Sunday.
But Slaughter insists he's slowly but surely getting there.
“I’m still not familiar (with Lim’s system) and I still try to get adjusted to playing with everyone. But I feel like I’m making progress now,” said the 27-year-old Cebuano big man, who missed the team’s first five games due to a right ankle injury.
The former Ateneo star made up for his shooting struggles by hauling down 10 boards, including three of his six offensive rebounds in the extra period. He also had two big baskets in overtime.
“I got into early foul trouble there so I knew I had to sit in the first half,” saidlast year’s Rookie of the Year. “But I just want to be aggressive on the floor. I know I’m not back to 100 percent yet, but I just try to get the offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds and just try to contribute in some ways to help the team win."
Slaughter said the win over Globalport in a closely-fought game is a good morale-booster for Ginebra going to its highly-awaited showdown against defending champion Star Hotshots this Sunday.
“It’s a (confidence booster for Ginebra). Our whole team had big plays from a bunch of people down the stretch (against GlobalPort) like Dorian (Pena) making free throws, Japeth (Aguilar) with a big block, Mark (Caguioa) with that big basket, so those are huge as we execute and finish well down the stretch,” Slaughter said.