BINAN, Laguna - Turnovers and failure to get back on defense led to Ginebra’s second-half meltdown in a 117-108 loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday night in the PBA Governors Cup in Binan, Laguna.
Rookie center Greg Slaughter said the two factors were to blame for the loss that sent the Gin Kings tumbling down to a three-way tie with defending champion San Mig Super Coffee and Air21 for second to fourth spots on similar 4-2 (win-loss) cards.
“I think we’re all disappointed. We lost. And I think we played to their (Elasto Painters) pace. I mean, they are the No. 1 fastbreak team,” rued Slaughter, who managed to finish with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks while battling through Rain or Shine’s patented rugged and physical defense.
By failing to take care of the basketball, Ginebra allowed the Elasto Painters to step on the gas which led to a huge 27-11 points advantage in fastbreak points, Slaughter said.
“Big thing also is we had 21 turnovers. That’s the best thing to get fastbreak (points),” added the 6-foot-11 freshman out of Ateneo.
While all is not lost for Ginebra in its bid for a top four finish, Slaughter said Sunday’s loss makes the team’s bid for one of the four guaranteed twice-to-beat incentives in the playoffs more challenging as they face San Miguel Beer on Wednesday, Alaska on Friday and powerhouse Talk ‘N Text on Sunday.
“We still have a lot of work to do on the triangle (offense),” explained Slaughter, the leading candidate for this season’s Rookie of the Year.
“San Miguel, both our teams are trying to aim for the Top 4 and they are 4-3 (win-loss record). We don’t know the quotient, and we're not safe yet (in the top four), so our last three games are critical,” he added.