JAY Washington took on the best that Ginebra’s big men could offer but unfortunately, help didn’t come his way as the Batang Pier lost to the Kings, 85-70, in their Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup game on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Washington held his own against the Kings’ celebrated ‘Twin Towers’ of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as he topscored for 18 points on top of nine rebounds and three block shots.
But the explosive backcourt tandem of Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo was held to a combine 23 points – just five more than Washington’s output – as the Batang Pier suffered their second straight loss for an even 3-3 slate.
“It was really more on taking what the defense was giving us. Everybody was focused on Stanley and Terrence, leaving me open for a pop. I’m pretty sure that was their game plan and see if I can hit shots,” said Washington.
After failing to get a double-double the last time, Slaughter was at it again, coming through with 22 points and 21 rebounds for the Kings, although Aguilar struggled a bit and finished with just eight points and four rebounds.
Going up against Slaughter and Aguilar was no easy task, but the 6-foot-7 Washington was not about to back out from the challenge.
“I like that challenge. I like playing against bigger guys,” said the veteran forward, who was 8-of-19 from the floor. “There's not too many in our league, but whenever given a chance to play against (bigs) I like that.”
“I like the competition plus the crowd which they have behind them,” he said of the league’s crowd darlings.
But there's no greater feeling than taking the win, he said.
"Of course, that would have meant a lot," stressed Washington.