THE jinx of putting up a poor performance moments after winning a top individual award claimed its newest victim in Greg Slaughter on Sunday night.
On the same night he won his first Best Player of the Conference plum, the Ginebra star slotman hardly made a contribution in Game Two of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Meralco.
Good thing, the Gin Kings’ made up for a slow start with a strong finish en route to an 86-76 victory for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
That’s the only thing that matters for Slaughter, who wound up with just three points on 1-of-6 shooting, six boards, although he rejected three shots in 33 minutes off the bench.
“Tonight, we got another win,” the 29-year-old cager said. “That’s what we’re looking to do. We’re up 2-0 so we’ll look to get one more on Wednesday.”
“Individual award or not, we want to win the championship,” he added. “That’s just been our goal since the beginning of the conference.”
Slaughter insisted he wasn’t distracted after winning the first major award of his PBA career since becoming part of the Mythical Five in 2015 and winning the Rookie of the Year award the previous season.
“No, it’s just how the game went tonight,” the 6-11 slotman said. “But I was still able to contribute on the defensive end. It’s not about any numbers, it’s just about getting the win for the team.”
“It’s just that some people had their thing going and that’s just how the game went,” he added. “When you’re on the court, no matter what the stats are, you just got to find a way to make a contribution to the team.”
Still, Slaughter, who’s back from an ACL injury that kept him out for almost a year, is hoping his latest individual award can inspire other cagers who are battling all sorts of adversity.
“I just hope it’s inspiring to people who got major injuries like that,” Slaughter said. “When I first got that injury, it was kind of disappointing for me because it’s my first game back. It took a long time and I was separated from the team for a while.
“But I hope it just shows that you can always come back stronger from a setback,” he added.